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World Refugee Day 2004: Russian Federation

World Refugee Day 2004: Russian Federation

20 June 2004

Guests at the UNHCR information stand during the exhibition.

30,000 postcards devoted to World Refugee Day were produced in Russian, with a special design, and distributed at 800 public spots in Moscow during the week of 11 to 20 June.

The celebration of World Refugee Day was held at the Moscow City Palace for Youth's Creativity in cooperation with UNHCR's implementing partner, Equilibre-Solidarity. The event was held outdoors and was open to the public. It included an opening speech by the UNHCR Deputy Representative, a brass band performance, entertainment for children, a concert with the participation of local musicians, refugees and asylum seekers and a fair organised by refugees. A photo exhibition was on display during the celebration.

Each guest of the World Refugee Day event received a T-shirt with the World Refugee Day logo and a pack with water and snacks. Balloons with the World Refugee Day logo were also distributed among children. The event was covered by local TV and press.

On 20 June, in Vladikavkaz, UNHCR organised the "Living Together" exhibition of children's drawings on asphalt, bringing together 200 participants.

On 21 June, UNHCR staff visited and gave presents to 30 single elderly refugees and on 22 June also organised visits to the cinema and the zoo for some 70 refugee children.

A radio programme, "New place of residence", which was broadcast by "Radio of Russia", was devoted to World Refugee Day. The World Refugee Day TV spot was aired by local TV channels throughout the week.