VDV Day. The Celebration of Russian Airborne Troops

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On the 2nd of August Russia celebrates the day of Russian airborne troops. It’s called “VDV day”. VDV is abbreviation of vozdushno-desantnie voiska (airborne troops in Russian). During that celebration all paratroopers put on their uniform or striped vests, gather in public places (In Moscow, for example, in Gorky park), drink much alcohol and traditionally swim in the fountains (where swimming is traditionally forbidden) and shout “for VDV!!!”. Sometimes drunk troopers can get into confrontation with militia or security guards and also beat people from the south countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States or just those people who haven’t served in the army.

On the pictures below one can see the VDV celebration nowadays.

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55 thoughts on “VDV Day. The Celebration of Russian Airborne Troops”

  1. смешной народ

    паловина даже не пахожа на солдат… а просто типичных алкашей

    • Валера.. ты читать умееш?

      я ЭТИХ, солдатиков назвал смешными, а не весь русский народ.

      глаза открой

      • Гущин,

        у нас армия рабоче-крестьянская, это вы студентики косите от неё с плоскостопием, энурезом и по дурке.
        Сначала отслужи, а потом высказывай своё мнение

  2. Такой праздник ещё здорово бы где-нибудь в США спраздновать. Десантников туда доставить с провиантом. И посмотреть, чем всё кончится)

    • Это было бы круто!!!!!
      Наших ребят в Вашингтон на 4-го Июля. Пусть покупаются в бассейне перед Мемориалом Линкольна, выпьют, а потом чтобы они начали вламывать пизды всем вокруг.

      English Translation:

      That would be cool!!!!!
      Send these boys to Washington National Mall on the 4th of July. Let them swim a little in front of the Lincoln Memorial, have some drinks, and then start kicking everyone’s asses.

        • it doesn’t matter how they look like. it is all about what they are ready for. my uncle used to be a paratrooper more than 15 years ago. he doesn’t look impressive now, but he is still able of digging earth 8 hours without a break.

  3. Why is that big tool wearing WWII medals?

    Best case scenario they are his grandfathers. Worse case scenarion he bought them for $2 from a veteran who is starving on his miniscule government pension.

  4. ЭТО НАЦИОНАЛЬНЫЙ ПОЗОР! Тут нанотехнологиями не отделаешься.
    Такое проходит только со временем… Интересно, что творится там в день космонавтики.

  5. One should split all these guys into 2 groups: real troopers and clowns. The former ones are the real soldiers who have battle experience of Afganistan and Chechnya. The latter ones spent a couple of years in barracks and deem themselves being airborne troopers.

  6. heh, 🙂 so much for the image of russian army 🙂 to those who doesn’t know, VDV or Russian Airborne Division is considered as a most effective and most professional and everything else what can be “most” in army 🙂 every boy who thinks going to service is dreaming about joining VDV. It’s probably the most undisciplined devision in russian army. So you NATO nations, if you ever will be conflicting (god save you!) with russia , you’ll be dealing with those guys :-)))

    • well, I heard that at least during the Soviet times the navy officers were afraid of the senior conscripts and that if these ‘grandfathers’ did not like something, it didn’t happen.

      But seriously, these are guys who voluntarily jump out of a perfectly good airplane while it’s in the air, is it really that strange that they pull off something like the stuff in these pictures?

  7. Ты полный долбаеб их обучают воевать а не убивать. нормальные бывшие солдаты у которых сейчас обычная жизнь встречаются раз в год на праздник и выпивают притом количество этих гуляющих не сравнимо с общим количеством служивших в вдв. Нехер судить по кучке людей

  8. Куда только власти смотрят? Неужели так трудно сокрушить эту пяную свиноту? Устраивают каждый год позорище стране и армии на всемирное обозрение. Кто скажите из этих героев порох в жизни нюхал и кого из этих бухих дистрофанов и боровов армия сделала человеком если они спустя всего лишь 5-10 лет ведут себя как животные?

  9. Would someone please translate the comments that are in Russian. They don’t seem to know this is ENGLISH Russia site.

  10. “Would someone please translate the comments that are in Russian. They don’t seem to know this is ENGLISH Russia site.”

    Oh, don’t worry, it’s all anti-American hate speech from low educated people

  11. Please do not pass the judgment on those guys just according to those pictures. You have no clue what most of them have been through. I dare any of you americans to try russian army.
    it would change your opinion.

  12. Wow, with all you other guys on here no wonder Americans have a bad name. Yes, our two bit army is doing great in operation “run over every IED”.

    Good to see them having a nice time and being badass airborne troopers.

  13. This is so embarrassing. Being Polish, these pictures make me embarrassed to be a Slav.

    Here’s a good VDV music vid though
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rAHrHd2lcw

  14. Don’t undertake this guys: they might look bohemian and irresponsible (some of them might even be it) but they still win wars…

  15. I am Russian.
    My friend’s family is all VDV.
    He is going to serve this summer.
    It doesnt matter how they look, trust me. many of these are retired guys on pictures.
    They are all brothers, thats what makes them STRONG…

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  17. “Don’t undertake this guys: they might look bohemian and irresponsible (some of them might even be it) but they still win wars…”
    Ha Ha like which one? When was the last time Russia ever won anything?

  18. So, why are some people here getting themselves all bent out of shape? Because the guys had too much to drink? Because they’re jumping around in a fountain? So what? That’s what Russian graduation girls do as well, and it’s fine with everyone, but apparently when soldiers have a bit of fun, it’s not. I prefer looking at this in comparison to drunk women; and I think quite a few of these guys are really good looking, too.

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