Putin’s Dominance Celebrated as Russia’s Victory in World War II, Marked as ‘Victory Day’ in Moscow

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Moscow: Russia is celebrating its victory in the Second World War and the defeat of Nazi Germany. Today, Russia commemorates this victory as ‘Victory Day’. The celebration of this victory holds significant historical importance, spanning nearly three-quarters of a century of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rule. Putin began his fifth term as president earlier this week. In Russia, under Putin’s leadership, various events are organized to mark ‘Victory Day’. Approximately 27 million people were killed in this war within the Soviet Union.

When Nazi soldiers invaded in June 1941, widespread devastation swept across most parts of Western Soviet Union. They were eventually pushed back to Berlin, where the Soviet Union’s victory was celebrated with the hoisting of the Soviet flag atop the heavily damaged capital.

The United States, Britain, France, and other allied nations declared the end of the war in Europe on May 8th. Putin made references to the Second World War when he sent his troops into Ukraine on February 24, 2022, stating that Moscow’s main aim is to ensure Ukraine’s ‘denazification’. Since coming to power in 1999, Putin has made May 9th an important part of his political agenda, often showcasing the country’s military prowess during this period.

Victory Day in Moscow

On this occasion, many people in Russia wear black and orange Saint George ribbons, traditionally associated with Victory Day. Putin (71) often speaks about his family history and shares memories of his father who was severely injured during the war. For years, Putin has been seen carrying a photo of his father on Victory Day. Due to security concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and then the outbreak of war in Ukraine, the events scheduled for Victory Day couldn’t be held.

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