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Russia celebrates Victory Day Parade in spite of Coronavirus

With more than 6 Million Coronavirus cases, Vladimir Putin had to reluctantly postpone the Victory Day Parade celebrations but not for long. This parade signifies Soviet Union’s win over Nazi Germany which now marks its 75 years since the big win. Envoys from India, Mongolia, China, and numerous former soviet union states took part. However many invited countries excused themselves over coronavirus.

Victory Day parade signifies Soviet Union’s win over Nazi Germany which now marks its 75 years since the big win. Envoys from India, Mongolia, China, and numerous former soviet union states took part. However many invited countries excused themselves over coronavirus. However this year the number of soldiers taking part was increased to 14,000. However, they all were tested and kept in quarantine to make sure none of them were coronavirus infected

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The city of Moscow lifted most if not all of its restrictions ahead of the parade. However many such cities that held celebrations in the previous years decided to cancel them or hold them without any spectators. 

Russians are emotionally attached to the Victory Day Parade as it signifies memories of wartime heroism and the sacrifice and martyrdom of around 27 million Soviet soldiers. The Victory Day Parade also showcases Russia’s military strength. From tanks, missiles, including MiG-31 planes to soldiers marching in brisk formations the parade was a spectacle to applaud.    

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This Parade comes ahead of a referendum which decides if Putin can stay in power till 2036. This would allow him to continue as president beyond 2024 when his term ends. This annual Victory Day Parade in Russia’s famous Red Square is also an occasion for Mr. Putin to harness Russian patriotic feelings, similar to that of soviet union’s times. 

While Putin’s approval rating has toppled to its lowest 59 percent, still a high for many leaders, the opening of the economy seems a way they could get past the approval crisis. However, critics argue that it might lead to an even bigger crisis of coronavirus infections.

 

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