Putin to meet with students on Tatyana’s Day, Kremlin says

MOSCOW, January 25. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with students who are celebrating their “professional” holiday on Monday, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS.

“Yes, the president is planning such an interaction,” he said in response to a question whether Putin will meet with university students on St. Tatyana’s Day.

In the past, Putin visited various Russian universities to interact with students in an informal setting on this day. On January 25, 2005, not only did he meet with the students of the Moscow State University but also tasted their traditional holiday drink. In 2010, Putin visited the Chuvash State University on this day, in 2012 – the Tomsk Polytechnic University, in 2015, he came to St. Petersburg where he met with the students of the Mining University and in 2016 he visited the North-Caucasus Federal University in Stavropol. In 2020, the head of state before the holiday met with the students of the Sirius educational center in Sochi.

The Day of Russian Students is marked on January 25. The holiday originated in 1755 when the Empress Elizabeth signed a decree founding the Moscow University, the largest one in Russia. An early Christian martyr Tatyana of Rome is honored on this day who is considered a patron saint of students and of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 2005, it became an official holiday according to the presidential decree.

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