President Tran Dai Quang’s activities in Saint Petersburg
Saturday, 2017-07-01 15:00:15
NDO/VNA – As part of their trip to Russia, President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse, along with a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam, visited Saint Petersburg, considered as the “northern capital city” of Russia, on July 1.
Saint Petersburg is Russia’s second largest industrial centre, after Moscow, with advantages in machine manufacturing and shipbuilding.
The flow of investments into the city has increased by 40% annually, with the main focus on industry, construction, telecommunications, transport and trade.
With 221 museums, 2,000 libraries, more than 80 theatres, 62 cinemas, 100 music chambers and 45 galleries, Saint Petersburg is also the second largest tourism centre of Russia.
While in Saint Petersburg, President Quang laid a wreath at the Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery, which is dedicated to the victims of the Siege of Leningrad and the soldiers of the Leningrad Front.
Writing in the visitors’ book at the cemetery, the President expressed his emotion when visiting the place and witnessing the sacrifice of the soldiers who laid down their lives to bring peace to Russia and all mankind.
President Quang and his entourage went to see Russia’s historic cruiser Aurora, which took part in World War I and II and has been touted as a revolutionary icon since it fired a shot to beckon the last attack at the Winter Palace in Petrograd, on November 11, 1917. To date, the cruiser is being preserved and operating as a museum.
Earlier, President Quang and his entourage also went on a tour of the Winter Palace, part of the Hermitage Museum, which displays some 3 million art works.