Special recruitment for the Kremlin's guard of honour

Editor - Ivan Nikolaev; photos - Культура.рф, Rossiyskaya Gazeta; music - March of the Preobrazhensky Regiment

The Kremlin Regiment is a military unit, which is unique and elite in every respect. It is responsible for the protection of government officials and subjects of the Kremlin. In addition, it is the original ‘visiting card’ of Russia: every day, hundreds of Russians and foreigners visit the Eternal Flame and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where the Kremlin’s soldiers carry out their duty. The regiment also allocates the guard of honour for meetings with foreign delegations.

Naturally, not just anyone can be part of this regiment; the selection process stretches out over several months. The list of successful new recruits to the Kremlin Regiment is usually ready twice a year, by April 1st and October 1st.

185 men from the Volga region, the Urals and western Siberia are due to join the Presidential Regiment this coming spring and summer. In theory, the path to Red Square isn’t closed to conscripts from other regions in Russia. However, as it happens, the living quarters in the old building of the Arsenal is traditionally home to men from the Russian provinces.

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