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Live Blog: Victory Day In Russia


People are reflected in the glass of a bus stop as a Russian T-90 tank participates in the rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade on Red Square in Moscow.

People are reflected in the glass of a bus stop as a Russian T-90 tank participates in the rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade on Red Square in Moscow.

Summary

Key Points

-- Russia is rolling out its military might in a Red Square parade featuring 16,000 troops and an arsenal of hardware from the latest generation Armata tanks to 143 combat aircraft.

-- The event marks 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany by Allied forces -- a victory which Moscow now largely claims as its own.

-- Two dozen world leaders have flown to Russia for the parade, but Western leaders have chosen to stay away.

16:52 9.5.2015

As the Victory Day events wind down in Russia, we can't pass up on this selfie by notorious Russian nationalist Duma deputy Vladimir Zhirinovsky:

16:37 9.5.2015

Some images from the Victory Day ceremony in Minsk, where Russian and U.S. service personnel both participated in the parade:

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka speaking on Victory Day in Minsk

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka speaking on Victory Day in Minsk

16:33 9.5.2015

A lot of people participating in the Immortal Regiment march in Moscow this afternoon:

16:14 9.5.2015

Great gallery of classic Soviet photographs from the war era by Russia Beyond The Headlines.

16:03 9.5.2015

Stalin's portrait on display today in his hometown of Gori, Georgia.

15:19 9.5.2015

Short video of the Moscow parade:

And, if you have 90 minutes to spare, here is video of the entire event, including President Putin's speech (in Russian):

15:15 9.5.2015

If you read Russian, here is a big essay on Slon.ru on the lend-lease program, through which Britain and the United States provided material assistance to the Soviet Union. If you don't speak Russian, the photos are still worth a look.

15:04 9.5.2015

Muscovites carrying portraits of slain Soviet service personnel and departed veterans in the metro in Moscow today. Similar actions, called the Immortal Regiment, are being held across the former Soviet Union. Police in Moscow said more than 300,000 Muscovites participated in this action:

Russian President Vladimir Putin marched briefly with a portrait of his father, who served in the Leningrad region during the war:

15:02 9.5.2015

The best part of Victory Day. Thanking the veterans:

14:59 9.5.2015

It is already dark in the Far Eastern Russian city of Vladivostok and Russian state television is now showing the live fireworks salute there.

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