Russia is holding its annual Victory Day parade in Moscow commemorating the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s capitulation in World War II.
This year’s parade comes during an unprecedented global health crisis, and the event had to be rescheduled from its original date, on May 9, to June 24. “Victory over the Nazi Germany is by far the biggest and the most significant historical event for contemporary Russia. For the Kremlin it is the most effective way to unite diverse peoples of Russia, it is used to legitimize Kremlin’s foreign policy aspirations and generally (the) Russian attitude towards great power status,” Russia political analyst Anton Barbashin declared to media. The parade is seen as a way to boost a sense of national pride and public support for Putin ahead of the vote on modifications of Constitution.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense says 13 foreign state officials attend the parade, mostly hailing from former Soviet states and nations allied with Russia. Thousands people gather for Russia's Victory Day parade in the Red Square despite coronavirus threat. Kremlin officials said they had tested all those attending for Covid-19. More than 80 veterans, some who flanked Putin on the parade bleachers, had been quarantined for two weeks in a Moscow region sanatorium before the parade. Putin shook hands with war veterans and met friendly leaders from mainly ex-Soviet countries. Earlier this week, Putin attended the opening of a new military cathedral run by Russia’s armed forces that is partially dedicated to the memory of the war.