Russian President Vladimir Putin Reviews Military Might As Tensions With West Soar

Russian President Vladimir Putin Reviews Military Might As Tensions With West Soar

The anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat, which Russia calls Victory Day, is the country's most significant secular holiday, commemorating the Red Army's military feats and the vast suffering of civilians.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • The anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat, which Russia calls Victory Day, is the country's most significant secular holiday, commemorating the Red Army's military feats and the vast suffering of civilians.
  • About 27 million Soviet soldiers and civilians are estimated to have died in the war.
  • This year's parade included more than 12,000 troops and 190 military vehicles traversing Moscow's Red Square.
  • The parade precedes parliamentary elections in September and comes at a time when Moscow's relations with the West are acutely strained over issues ranging from the conflict in Ukraine to the fate of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
  • Smaller military parades took place in cities across Russia and in annexed Crimea and at Russia's Hmeymim airbase in Syria.

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