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Denis Pushilin takes part in companionate football match in Severodvinsk (photographic report)

Last weekend, a companionate football match between the local ship-repairing yard “Zvezdochka” and the sports club from St. Petersburg “Victoria-Pieter” took place in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk region of the Russian Federation.

Severodvinsk team was headed by the Governor of Arkhangelsk region Igor Orlov. The Chairman of the People’s Council of the DPR Denis Pushilin and the Minister of Youth, Sports and Tourism of the DPR Mikhail Mishin were a part of the sports club team Victoria-Pieter.

Governor of Arkhangelsk region Igor Orlov addressed a welcoming speech to the participants of the sports event.

“Dear friends! We heartily welcome you to this field which has seen a lot of good, truly joyful and festive meetings, a lot of really companionate matches. Today, on the eve of the Day of Physical Education Instructor, here we go again, and I want to say the words of sincere gratitude to the children, who came from St. Petersburg, and not only from St. Petersburg, and wish all of us a good game. Well, happy holiday! Go!” the head of the region claimed.

The CEO of the JSC “Center for ship-repairing yard “Zvezdochka” Nikolay Kalistratov on behalf of the staff of the enterprise welcomed the guests from St. Petersburg, noting that between the two regions have close friendly relations.

“Our team is glad to welcome guests from St. Petersburg. Quite recently by the invitation of our Governor your Governor (Georgy Poltavchenko, the acting Governor of St. Petersburg – editor’s note) was here, and there was a team of 70 people with him. We agreed on future joint projects in the sphere of production, and today we welcome your football team on the field. We wish you and our sporting achievements and good luck always and everywhere – at home and at work, in St. Petersburg and Arkhangelsk,” Nikolay Kalistratov said.

Separately the CEO noted the presence of representatives of the DPR as part of the football team “Victoria-Pieter”.

According to the Chairman of the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin, this is not his first participation in the football tournaments “Victoria-Pieter.” Last year, together with the Minister of Youth, Sports and Tourism of the DPR Mikhail Mishin, he played in St. Petersburg as well. Parliament Speaker of the DPR shared his impressions about the trip.

“It is the first time when I’m in such a northernmost point, for me it is, of course, a lot of new experiences. Being here, I can feel the vastness of our motherland. After all, we were born in the Soviet Union – in a big and powerful country, which we all are proud of, and I am sure that we will continue to be proud of it,” Denis Pushilin said.

We note that a friendly football match took place on the eve of the Day of Physical Education Instructor on the initiative of the CEO of the JSC “Center for ship-repairing yard “Zvezdochka” Nicholay Kalistratov. It was attended by players with significant football past, some of them came from Donbass. In particular, the Governor of Arkhangelsk region Igor Orlov was born in Debaltsevo and had lived there for 17 years. The game ended with the score 3:1 in favour of “Victoria-Pieter”.

Official website of the DPR People’s Council

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