On 23 October in Kirkenes (Norway) events dedicated to the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Eastern Finnmark have officially begun. The program included a two-day conference, concerts, book presentations and exhibitions.
Minister of economic development of the Murmansk region Elena Tikhonova noted the enduring importance of the feat of Soviet soldiers-liberators and Norwegian partisans stressing the importance of the Russian-Norwegian friendship, which passed the test of war. On behalf of the head of the region Andrey Chibis minister expressed gratitude to the Norwegian side for the attentive and careful attitude and respect for the events of military history, which serve as a reliable foundation for strengthening and developing close bilateral contacts in years to come.  
The Murmansk Regional Museum of Local History representatives also partook in the conference, speaking on the participation of the Kola Peninsula Sami in military activities and the life of civilian population in the wartime.
The celebrations will end by an official ceremony on 25 October with the participation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Norway Sergey Lavrov and Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, King of Norway Harald V, Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, parliamentarians and public figures of both countries.
The head of the Murmansk region Andrey Chibis is to personally participate in the celebrations on October 25.
Posted by: 23 October 2019
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