Today we are celebrating the 70th Victory Day over Fascism in the Great Patriotic War. 30 million Russians died in the struggle against the National Socialist invasion of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Soviet involvement in the war war lasted from June of 1941 May of 1945.
Throughout the day, we will be posting articles and other photo collections featuring the observances across the Russian Federation and also, importantly in the Novorossiyan Federation’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
Russia Today gave us an excellent presentation, streaming live, with insightful color commentary which was not distracting. Unfortunately, most of our trans-atlantic readers in North and South America were sound asleep when today’ events began.
“Victory 70: Largest May 9 parade in Russian and Soviet history since WW2” – RT
Here are some of our favorite photos that have emerged from today’s event so far. We have focused some on the international presence of the Serbs, the Chinese, Mongolia, Armenia and India.
China – note the St. George Ribbons
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India – note St. George ribbons
With the traditional standards in WWII uniforms
Armenia – note the St. George Ribbons
Mongolia – note the St. George Ribbons
Mongolia – Honor Guard
The number of infantry troops that marched in Red Square today, May 9th, was more than 15,000 or almost 50% more than the number of servicemen who took part in the 2010 jubilee parade.
Six gala columns of servicemen, including servicemen of the Suvorov military school, Nakhimov naval school, music military schools, cadet Corps and Cossack troops, will take part in the gala parade.
Part of the historical significance of the parade was symbolized with servicemen carrying flags of glorified military units as they marched in Red square; military companies with servicemen dressed in WWII uniforms carried firearms dating back to the WWII epoch.
Joaquin Flores is Editor-in-Chief of Fort Russ News, as well as the Director of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. Educated at California State University, Los Angeles, in the field of International Relations, he previously served as Chief Negotiator and Internal Organizer in several jurisdictions for the SEIU labor union in California. Flores has twenty years experience in community, labor, and anti-war organizing. Flores has appeared regularly on Iran’s ‘PressTV’ and Russia’s ‘RT’ news to share his expert opinion and analysis on current geopolitical matters. As a Thought Leader, he has spoken publicly internationally at numerous forums, published in over 10 languages, his conceptual and ideological frameworks, approaches to branding and aesthetics have influenced others in his field.