Putin took part in commemorations of Anatoly Sobchak`s death anniversary

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Today Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in commemorating events of the 15th death anniversary of the first mayor of St. Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak. The President laid flowers at the monument to Sobchak in the park at the intersection of Bolshoy Avenue and Line 26 of Vasilievsky Island.

"It was only under him, under Anatoly Sobchak, when the city could get back its historic name. It was only him who could do that. In addition, he took on a great responsibility for the city during the most difficult period for our country and for St. Petersburg. Despite the fact that he was a state politician he dealt with the matters of the city. We are grateful to him for that," said Putin.

He noted that his memory should live and the ideals he championed "should always be in our minds". "We must be guided by them and not just for form's sake but to pursue the goals he tried to reach," added the President.

The northern capital hosted a number of events commemorating Sobchak. There was a traditional ceremony of laying wreaths at St. Nicholas cemetery of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. It was attended by the widow of Sobchak Lyudmila Narusova. Lithium was served in memory of the first mayor of St. Petersburg.

Later the State University hosted the awards ceremony of the best law students holding Sobchak scholarship. In addition, the presentation of his last book "Stalin. Personal file" is to take place in the bookstore on Nevsky Prospekt.

In the evening as part of the commemorative events "All-Night Vigil" by Sergei Rachmaninoff will be heard in the Church of the Savior on Blood.

Text and pictures by TASS