The remains of an unknown soldier, killed 200 years ago in the Russian army's Foreign Campaign, were buried at Borodino Field on Saturday, the Russian Culture Ministry's press service told Interfax.
"A war is deemed finished when the last soldier has been buried. As we are marking the 200th anniversary of the end of the 1812-14 Patriotic War, we are burying the last Russian soldier of that war and closing this book. Let it never be opened again," Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky was quoted as saying.
The burial place is symbolic since "tens of thousands of Russian, French, Soviet and German soldiers lie buried here," he said.
The culture minister read out a letter, signed by the teachers and principal of a lyceum in the French town of Provins from which the remains of the Russian soldiers started their return home.
The letter conveys French intellectual regret that relations between the two countries have become complicated but expresses the hope that the return of the remains of a Russian soldier will draw the two countries closer together - countries that have been allies so many times.
Medinsky made the decision to organize the reburial of the remains of a Russian soldier during his visit to Paris on June 28 2014. The ceremony proceeded with the Russian Military-Historical Society's support.
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