Vnukovo-3 hosted a repatriation ceremony for the remains of General of the Napoleon's Army
On July 13th, at the Business Aviation Center (Vnukovo-3), a solemn ceremony of repatriation of remains of General Gudin from Russia to France took place. The organizer of the unique historical event was the Foundation for the Development of Russian-French Historical Initiatives.
Charles Etienne Gudin is the first French general whose remains were discovered in 2019 near Smolensk during a Russian-French archaeological expedition under the auspices of the Foundation for the Development of Russian-French Historical Initiatives, which caused an international outcry.
At Vnukovo-3, the ceremony was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the National Guard, the Ministry of Culture, the Russian public movement "Clubs of Historical Reconstruction of Russia," the Roman Catholic Church, the Embassy of the French Republic in the Russian Federation, as well as the descendants of General Gudin.
During the ceremony at the airport, the Rosguard Orchestra performed the French national anthem "La Marseillaise" and then Chopin's "Funeral March." The company of the guard of honor of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation paid military honors to the General of Napoleon's army, who has now become a symbol of strengthening relations and mutual understanding between the people of Russia and France.
After the ceremony, the coffin flew to France on a private jet. Upon arrival at his homeland, General Gudin will be buried with honors in the Palais des Invalides in Paris or his hometown, along with his wife and children.
Vnukovo International Airport is one of the largest air transport complexes in Russia. Annually, the airport serves about 200 thousand flights of Russian and foreign airlines. The airport's route network covers Russia and neighboring countries, Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. Vnukovo International Airport in 2019 broke a historical record and served over 24 million passengers, which is 11.7% or 2.5 million passengers more than in 2018.
Vnukovo airport complex, with a total area of about 300 thousand square meters, can provide a capacity of up to 35 million passengers per year.
Vnukovo International Airport, the only one among Russia's airports, received the award of the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin, for his labor success and highly professional performance.
In addition, Vnukovo airport, for three years in a row, was recognized as the best airport in the highest category "International Airport" of the national award "Air Gate of Russia" as part of the National Aviation Infrastructure Show NAIS.