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The ceremonial event took place in Moscow’s Zaryadye park.

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Sergey Kirienko, Dmitry Chernyshenko and Gleb Nikitin took part in the ceremony of launching the countdown clock to the 800th anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod

First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Kiriyenko, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko and Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Gleb Nikitin took part in the ceremony to launch the countdown clock to the 800th anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod. The ceremonial event took place in Moscow’s Zaryadye park. The main event, a gala show in honor of the 800th anniversary, will take place in Nizhny Novgorod two months later, on August 21, 2021, in the Strelka water area – at the confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers.

“The 800th anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod is an event for the whole country. The monument to Minin and Pozharsky, which stands on Red Square, speaks of the role that Nizhny Novgorod and the people of Nizhny Novgorod played in the history of Russia. The recent presidential decree on awarding Nizhny Novgorod the title of the City of Labor Valor reminds of the city’s contribution to the common cause of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, ”said Sergei Kiriyenko.

He stressed that the celebration of the 800th anniversary is a tribute to history, careful preservation of cultural values ​​and amazing cultural monuments of Nizhny Novgorod, as well as a contribution to the improvement.

“First of all, the anniversary is a holiday for the citizens of Nizhny Novgorod. Much is being done and will be done to make the city more comfortable and comfortable. The President of Russia made a decision to support a large-scale program of infrastructural development of the regions. And the Nizhny Novgorod region is one of the pilot regions in which this program is being implemented. Last Saturday at the congress of the United Russia party, the President said that the program would be expanded and additional funds would be allocated for it. I am sure that these days Nizhny Novgorod will become the tourist capital. A lot of people will want to see the renewed city. In an amicable way, I envy those who come here for the first time. For me, Nizhny Novgorod is love at first sight and for life. I think that for many who visit Nizhny Novgorod on holidays, it will be the same, ”added Sergei Kirienko.

“On behalf of the President of Russia, the organizing committee for the preparation of the celebration of the 800th anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod was organized in 2015. The organizing committee has a very strong team, which several times increased both the financial and organizational power of this project, which made it possible to carry out large-scale infrastructural changes in the region. The Russian government, in turn, actively supports the region in preparing for the anniversary celebrations. 23.5 billion rubles were allocated from various sources for the 800th anniversary. Due to this, a number of large projects are now being implemented: the construction of transport interchanges, the construction of the country’s largest educational center “School 800”, the improvement of public gardens and squares, the restoration and repair of cultural heritage sites. All this will become a legacy that will serve the residents of Nizhny Novgorod and guests of the city for many years, ”said Dmitry Chernyshenko.

The Deputy Prime Minister added that the countdown clock installed in Moscow recalls the work of the famous innovator of his time – Ivan Kulibin, who once created a clock for Catherine the Great.

“This is filled with special meaning, since Nizhny Novgorod is now, in fact, the innovative capital of our country. We know that due to the preparations for the 800th anniversary, many important innovative projects have been implemented. There are no less of them in the plans. In particular, this is the INTTS “Quantum Valley” and the high-tech quarter 1221. I would like to wish the team its 800th anniversary that the final spurt was the most successful and invite as many guests as possible. I am sure that the regional authorities will ensure compliance with all necessary sanitary standards when organizing festive events, ”added Dmitry Chernyshenko.

“It is symbolic that it is here, in Zaryadye Park, that another object appears, connecting our cities, which are truly old friends. We launched the same clock in April at Bolshaya Pokrovskaya in Nizhny Novgorod. I hope that here they will become another point of attraction for Muscovites, who are very fond of Zaryadye, and for guests of the capital. This is an opportunity to remind about the event that awaits us, about such a city as Nizhny Novgorod, which is the spiritual and intellectual center of the country. Of course, everyone who loves Russia cannot fail to know and love Nizhny Novgorod. Therefore, we take every opportunity to announce our city, our Nizhny Novgorod land, ”said Gleb Nikitin.

The Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region also expressed gratitude to the Moscow government, which cooperates with the region in a number of areas.

“The capital is actively involved in preparations for the anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod. And one of the iconic objects – the Aleksandrovsky Garden park – is being transformed with her support. I think it would be right for the clock installed in Zaryadye to find its home in this Nizhny Novgorod park. I invite everyone to Nizhny Novgorod for the anniversary celebrations! And of course, we recommend getting vaccinated against coronavirus before attending festive events in order to protect yourself and those around you, ”added Gleb Nikitin.

The concept of a countdown clock to the 800th anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod is based on the history of the creation of watches by Kulibin, the famous mechanic-inventor, nicknamed Archimedes of Nizhny Novgorod. In 1769, Ivan Kulibin completed work on the gift watch and personally presented it to the Empress in St. Petersburg. Catherine II was so impressed by the incredible gift that after Kulibin handed her the watch, she invited him to become the head of mechanical workshops at the Academy of Sciences. Thanks to this, Ivan Kulibin managed to reveal his talents and give the world amazing inventions.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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