The President of Russia Vladimir Putin spoke at the ceremony of the award «Volunteer of Russia 2017» in Nizhny Novgorod. There he spoke about the importance of volunteering and volunteers, presented the award and offered to make 2018 the year of the volunteer.
In addition, the President told the volunteers about his father who went to the front as a volunteer in 1941.
«I remember that my father, Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, having on hand in 1941, the so-called reservation, which allowed him to work in the rear, a volunteer went to the front,» — said the President. Putin added that the heroism of the volunteers of Soviet citizens is part of the great Russian history.
The head of state noted that the volunteers defending their country, show mercy and concern for neighbors. In addition, Putin drew attention to the importance of the profession of doctors, teachers, members of the Grand buildings and projects.
During his speech, Putin was asked whether he would participate in presidential elections. He replied that such a decision should be taken by the person who wants to serve the country. Later before employees of plant of GAS he officially confirmed his participation in the election campaign.