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Russia’s victory Day

Date: 12 May 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Russia celebrated Victory Day on 9th May to mark Soviet Union’s victory over Germany’s Nazi forces in World War II.

 

Details

  • To mark the event, the Russian military holds a parade at Moscow’s Red Square and in other cities.

  • A special event is held at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a memorial dedicated to Soviet soldiers who died during the war.

 

History of victory day

  • Victory Day was celebrated for the first time on May 9, 1945, after Germany signed the Instrument of Surrender. 

  • The allied forces celebrate the victory on 8th May but Soviet Union waited till the official document of surrender was signed.

  • In 1965, the day was declared national holiday. Grand celebrations and military parades were introduced on this day.

 

Celebrations

  • The present grandeur was a contribution of Vladimir Putin. People throng to Moscow and other parts to watch the parades.

  • Many citizens march through the streets, holding photographs of their ancestors who died in the war. 

 

Significance of the day

Russia and other Soviet Union countries refer to the Second World War as the Great Patriotic War. More than eight million Soviet soldiers laid down their lives.

 

Celebration this year

There are reports that Russia may hold grand celebrations to mark the day. Celebrations were set to be held in Ukraine's Mariupol to mark this year's Victory Day.