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Opening of Yury Gagarin's monument in Jakarta

A grand ceremony of opening Yury Gagarin’s monument was held on March 10, 2021 in Taman Mataram, Jakarta. Russian Ambassador Lyudmila Vorobieva, Governor of Jakarta Special Capital Region Anies Rasyid Baswedan, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia Mahendra Siregar and Director General for American and European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia Ngurah Swajaya attended the event. Sergey Cheremin, Minister of the Government of Moscow, Head of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of the City of Moscow, delivered by video his welcoming speech to the guests of the event.

This special occasion is a part of the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of establishment of the diplomatic relations between Russia and Indonesia, which was commemorated in 2020, as well as a sign of strengthening relations between Moscow and Jakarta, which since the year of 2006 are Sister Cities.

It is symbolic that this year we also commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the first human space flight. On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin orbited the planet in the spacecraft “Vostok 1” and after 108 minutes of flight successfully returned back to the Earth.

In 1961, two months after the historical flight, President Soekarno during his visit to Moscow decorated Yuri Gagarin with one of Indonesia’s highest orders of merits – the Order of the Star, 2nd class (Bintang Mahaputera Adipradana). Following this, the words “Sputnik”, “Gagarin” as well as the name “Yury” became extremely popular in Indonesia.