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Russia celebrates it's Victory Day parade this year on June 24, 2020. Traditionally held every year on May 9, it was postponed this year due to the international pandemic. Victory Day celebrates the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in what is known in Russia as the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.
This year is the 75th anniversary of victory day. On this day parades traditionally occur in a number of cities accross Russia.
The parade in Moscow takes place in Moscow's red square and will be presided over by the Russian president Vladimir Putin. It is a military parade.
Many world leaders have been invited, as is traditionally the case with this yearly event. Some declined, due to the current international situation with the pandemic.
The Red Army fought against the Germans in World War 2 - along with many other nations who are known as 'the allies', such as France, UK, USA, and many other countries - in the fight against Nazi Germany.
A certain amount of historical revisionism is considered by the president of Russia to have occurred in recent times, in which the Soviet Union's role in defeating Nazi Germany in WW2 is not totally understood or is belitted. This is a subject referred to in an article he has published recently.
WW2 (1939-1945) in Russia is known the Great Patriotic War, which, for Russia, lasted from 1941-1945.
The Russian president took part in the May 9, 2020 celebrations and laid flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow. Some events took place on this day, some took place online, and some were postponed, due to the pandemic. The president chose June 24, this year, for the Victory Day parade, traditionally held on May 9 each year.
Various defense ministers, foreign diplomats, and ambassadors will represent their countries at the Victory Day parade and a list of those attending is reported as going be published on the eve of the parade. According to the Russian Defense ministry, as cited in TASS, nineteen army units were invited to take part.
The parade is traditionally held May 9, but was postponed due to the international pandemic. Later in May, the Russian president choose a new day for this year's parade: June 24, 2020.
- by Katrina Wood
sources include: TASS, kremlin.ru
TASS (includes): https://tass.com/society/1169529, https://tass.com/politics/1154725, https://tass.com/politics/1170315, https://tass.com/world/1169879
http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/63527 (article by president of Russia in english)
Published time: June 23, 2020 10:01 GMT + 3
last edited: June 23, 2020 16:54 GMT + 3
Victory Day in Russia is held every year on May 9 and celebrates Russia's victory over Nazi Germany in WW2, 9 May 1945.
This year is the 75th anniversary of victory day.
(Victory Day parade in Russia in 2020 - June 24, 2020)