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Sunday, 28 August 2016

URA! Today is Miner’s Day!

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Miner’s Day 28 August 2016… the last Sunday of August is the professional holiday of our courageous miners; people whose hard work is the key to successful economic development. For more than half a century, Russia and other former Soviet republics celebrated Miner’s Day, paying tribute to the selfless work of the glorious army of thousands of miners. Coalmining has been one of the key sectors of the Russian economy, providing fuel for both business and ordinary people. The quantity and quality of the extracted coal will affect the heat in our apartments this winter, not only locally, but also throughout the country. Miner’s Day officially began in the USSR with a proposal by coal industry officials A F Zasyadko and D G Onika on 10 September 1947. The first Miner’s Day celebration was 29 August 1948. The name that probably comes to mind in talking about miners is A G Stakhanov. On 31 August 1935, Stakhanov, thanks to the special organisation of the job, set a record… in 5 hours 35 minutes he extracted 102 tonnes of coal… 14 times the norm. Since that time, we’ve seen the words “Stakhanovite”, “Stakhanov movement”, and ” Stakhanovite work”. For coal-mining towns and districts such as Inta, Karaganda, Donetsk, Kemerovo, and Novokuznetsk, Miner’s Day is an important holiday and they celebrate it with concerts and folk festivals. In Kemerovo Oblast, well-known music groups and other folk artists come to perform on this holiday. The celebration traditionally ends with fireworks. Today, coalminers celebrate Miner’s Day in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Ukraine, and Belarus. I sincerely greet all workers in the extractive industry on their holiday. Thanks to your work, courage, and professionalism, our homes have warmth and comfort.

28 August 2016

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