Every year on February 10, Russia celebrates the professional holiday, the Diplomat’s Day. This day was established by the decree of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, on October 31, 2002.
It is noted that currently, Russia maintains diplomatic relations with 193 countries of the world (the data as of December 2018) and has diplomatic missions in 146 countries of the world. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia employs over 12 thousand employees, including about 3.5 thousand people in the central office.
The centre of the Diplomat’s Day celebration traditionally becomes the building on Smolensko-Sennaya Square, which houses the main office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, RIA News reports. On this day, a solemn meeting is traditionally held, during which the minister and representatives of other federal government agencies give a speech. Diplomatic service employees and veterans are honoured with awards.
In addition, on this day, flowers are laid to the memorial plaque in the Ministry building with the names of diplomats who fell on the fronts of the Great Patriotic War, as well as to the memorial plaques of diplomats who died in the line of duty and during the years of Stalinist repressions. Flowers are also laid at the burial sites of prominent Russian diplomats, both in Russia and abroad.