The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games torch relay started in the Far Eastern Federal District on Tuesday evening.
The Paralympic Games flame was lit on Cape Dezhnev, the easternmost tip of the Eurasian continent which is the first Russian land to meet the dawn, says a press release of the organizing committee obtained by Interfax.
"The first spark of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games flame was lit in a special project of the Paralympic Games torch relay on Cape Dezhnev, the extreme point of the Chukchi Peninsula. The flame of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games was light in a remarkable pyrotechnic show at 5:10 a.m. by first light of the sun rising above the Russian Federation," it said.
Andrei Gladkov, 17-year-old athlete with a locomotive system disability, a swimming medalist of the London Paralympic Games and holder of the Order of Merit 2nd Degree, and Valentina Etton, a multiple winner of multi-sport events in the Chukchi Autonomous District and a daughter of a sea hunter, were the first to carry the Paralympic flame in the Chukchi Autonomous District. They passed the flame of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games from one to another and launched "the most extraordinary and innovative Paralympic torch relay ever."
The lighting of the Paralympic flame on February 26 also starts the torch relay in cities of Russia's Far Eastern Federal District: Vladivostok, Yakutsk, Magadan, Anadyr and Khabarovsk.