The event was organized by the Vietnamese People Association in Russia, the Saint Petersburg administration, and the Saint Petersburg Mining University.

It featured lively singing and dancing performances by Vietnamese and Russian students, who were also joined by their Indonesian and Myanmar peers, earning a big round of applause from the audience.

The gala was the first in a series of events leading up to the inauguration of a monument to Ho Chi Minh, scheduled for June 30, in the city on the occasion of 100 years since his arrival there as Nguyen Ai Quoc, marking his first visit to the Soviet Union, where he sought a path to national liberation.

In his speech, Vyacheslav Kalganov, deputy head of the external relations committee of Saint Petersburg city, stated that preparations for the inauguration have nearly finished, describing the monument as a symbol of the friendship between Russia and Vietnam.

On his part, Chairman of the Vietnamese People Association in Russia, Do Xuan Hoang, wished both countries strength and resilience in overcoming current challenges.