Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre illuminates on Russia Day

STORY: Local authorities called the show "a light illusion in 3D" and said that some 60 powerful projectors had been used to create the show on the fronts of both the Bolshoi and government buildings.

Russia Day marks the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the then-Soviet Republic of the Russian Federation on June 12, 1990.

Exactly a year later, Boris Yeltsin was elected president of Russia, before the day being proclaimed a national holiday in 1992.

This time, however, the celebrations were held against the backdrop of what Moscow calls its "special military operation" in neighboring Ukraine, which has led to mounting military and civilian casualties, as well as the destruction of entire towns and cities and many millions of people being forced from their homes.

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