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Russia Marks Victory Day With Big Parade


President Dmitry Medvedev (left) and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin watch the military parade in Moscow

President Dmitry Medvedev (left) and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin watch the military parade in Moscow

Russia has paraded the best of its nuclear armaments and fighting forces to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the World War II victory over Nazi Germany.

Some 20,000 troops marched through Red Square saluting President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

The display of advanced military hardware culminated in a display of the latest Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile launchers.

In a speech to the troops and guests, President Dmitry Medvedev said that "today Russia firmly upholds the principles of peaceful cooperation."

compiled from agency reports
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