In the state Duma proposed to celebrate the Day of defender of the Fatherland in August

The participants of the rally dedicated to the anniversary of the Soviet Army and Navy

The Deputy of the state Duma Ivan Sukharev from LDPR faction has prepared a bill to change the celebration of the Day of defender of the Fatherland for the summer. It is reported by RT on Tuesday, February 28.

The text of the bill is available to the channel, but not yet posted in the database of the lower house of Parliament.

Commenting on the initiative, Sukharev said that on February 23 in its present form was established by the people’s Commissar Leon Trotsky and date is not a Russian national holiday.

“In Russia before the revolution was celebrated the Day of memory of the Russian army, established on 29 Aug 1769 during the war of Russia with Turkey and Poland. I think that we should return to a military holiday in the summer: we will continue the proud Russian tradition and give an extra day off on warm summer days,” he added.

Feast Day of defender of the Fatherland was established on January 27, 1922 and is associated with the first battles of the red army against the German troops in February 1918. Originally, it was known as the “day of the red Army and Navy”, in the period from 1946 to 1993 was called “Day of Soviet Army and Navy”. After the Soviet collapse, the occasion also continue to note some other CIS countries.