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Siberia and Russian Far East marks Victory Day, honouring those who defeated Nazis

By The Siberian Times reporter
09 May 2016

Impressive official events but also emotional marches by people carrying portraits of loved ones who served in WW2.

50,000 Vladivostok residents joined the Immortal Regiment procession on May 9, 2016. Picture: Maria Borodina

Some 70,000 people took part in events in Vladivostok to mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. 

And 50,000 joined the Immortal Regiment procession, an idea born in Tomsk where ordinary Russians carry photographs in tribute to their ancestors who fought - and in many cases died - in a war that saw the Soviet Union lose as many as 28 million people. 

Victory Day parade in Blagoveshchensk


Victory Day parade in Blagoveshchensk


Victory Day parade in Blagoveshchensk


Victory Day parade in Blagoveshchensk

The Victory Day parade in Blagoveshchensk, Amur region, on May 9, 2016. Pictures: Port Amur

In Moscow later some 800,000 were expected, but across the Russian Far East and Siberia, impressive numbers attended this relatively new event, now an integral part the annual 9 May commemorations.

The day is one of the most sacred holidays in the Russian calendar. 

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, congratulating servicemen and veterans on Victory Day, said: 'Passing through deprivation, anguish and losses, the Soviet people defeated the dreadful enemy, defended the freedom and independence of the Motherland.

Victory Day parade in Vladivostok


Victory Day parade in Vladivostok


Victory Day parade in Vladivostok


Victory Day parade in Vladivostok


Victory Day parade in Vladivostok


Immortal Regiment in Vladivostok


Immortal Regiment in Vladivostok

The Victory Day parade and the Immortal Regiment procession in Vladivostok. Pictures: Alexander Khitrov, Alexander Ratnikov

'We sacredly keep the memory of those who, not sparing their lives, fought on the fronts, constantly worked in the rear, displaying exceptional selflessness and valour. The feat of the generation of victors will always be an example of courage, inflexible will and selfless service to the motherland.'

Over 300 tanks, combat vehicles, multiple rocket launcher systems, tactical ballistic missile systems, self-propelled artillery systems and other Eastern Military District equipment rolled through Vladivostok, reported Sputnik.

Some 1,500 Pacific Fleet, surface ships and coastal defence troop formations, as well as Ministry of Emergencies and Ministry of Interior companies and naval college cadets, marched through the main street of Vladivostok. 49 armoured personnel carriers rode in mechanized parade columns.

Immortal Regiment in Novosibirsk


Immortal Regiment in Novosibirsk


Immortal Regiment in Novosibirsk


Immortal Regiment in Novosibirsk


Victory Day Parade in Novosibirsk


Victory Day parade in Novosibirsk


Victory Day Parade in Novosibirsk

The Immortal Regiment procession and the Victory Day parade in Novosibirsk. Pictures: Alexander Oshchepkov, Sergey Dergachev, Kirill Kanin

Up to 7,000 troops marched in the Far East and Zabaikalsky Territory parades. In Khabarovsk, over 1,600 troops took part in the parade, 100 of them soldiers of the Kamchatka Marine Regiment. 

Over 90 pieces of military hardware, including the legendary T-34 tank and the Katyusha multiple rocket launchers, joined the servicemen.

Residents of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy saw for the first time the S-400 Triumf and the Pantsir-S missile systems, as well as the Rubezh and Redut coastal missile systems.

Novosibirsk held a parade featuring troops, armoured vehicles and a fly-over by fighter and bomber jets, followed by a march of the so-called Immortal Regiment initiative. The estimates of those marching with the Immortal Regiment swirled between 50,000 and 250,000.

Immortal Regiment in Yakutsk


Immortal Regiment in Yakutsk


Victory Day parade in Yakutsk


Candle of Memory


Candle of Memory

The Victory Day parade on May 9 and the 'Candle of Memory' commemoration on May 8 in Yakutsk. Pictures: Maria Vasilyeva, Dmitry Semyonov

Helicopters were grounded during the parade in nearby Krasnoyarsk due to low-hanging clouds, which did not prevent fighter jets from taking off for the fly-by.

In Irkutsk, 40,000 Immortal Regiment participants marched through the inner city to mark 71 years since the end of World War II. The march followed a 70,000-strong Victory Day parade involving troops, cadets and advanced military vehicles.

Last night in Yakutsk, some 16,000 people gathered in a 'Candle of Memory' commemoration. 

Comments (4)

Very sad that the commemoration of the Victory Day parade in Russia had not been broadcasted as it should have been in Western media.
Poutine-bashing and anti-Russia policy are common in all of our popular media,always ready to downplay,critcize or distort all news which are outside of their short view.

Thanks for you article..
François de La Grange, aix-en-provence .France.
11/05/2016 21:23
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Des cérémonies toujours très émouvantes. Le front de l'Est a été terrible aussi. Many young people in the picture, they don't forget . Thanks for the soldiers.
Jocelyne, FRANCE
10/05/2016 01:25
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I agree with Lazar and thank you for sharing your thoughts. The "Nazi" behaviors Lazar describes (across all demographics) have taken hold of the United States as well (please don't have any illusions otherwise). Humans have to change our attitudes and strength of character be the only "asset". We all have a responsibility to take care of and protect all people and all of nature. Thank you to everyone who is doing exactly that. Thank you to all who have come before us who have done exactly that as well. Honouring those people is very important every day as well as having special days for remembrance certainly.
Pamela Tetarenko, League City, USA
09/05/2016 23:38
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I tell you something Nazi have not been defeated yet, I been speaking now and then very few have taken notice, some even have close they eyes and ears so that they will not see and hear it. I tell you world leaders have grown cruel and the people are filled with lust, lawlessness, arrogance, and perversion. And death awaits many nations through they own hand, few man will be left. I am speaking like this becouse I dont want to be they guy who knew it and keep silent, dont say you have not been warned.
Lazar, Moscow
09/05/2016 23:19
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