Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Russian blogger Ilya was taking photos of Moscow celebrating Victory Day today. In the West this day is called “Victory in Europe day”, but celebrated day before. In post Soviet countries it’s called “Victory Day” and happens on May 9th. So here what he saw. Though he says today’s Victory Day was pretty gloomy, probably because of anomalous weather – Moscow was hit by snow yesterday and it’s unusually cold today – just 2-3 degrees Celcius (usually it’s fine to have +15 C on this day). So here is what he saw:

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Another thing he says make this look gloomy is that now it all looks like a freaky carnival show. Everywhere you can buy a fake medal, stupid stickers, USSR uniform dresses. People dress their kids and even pets into USSR veteran uniform.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

He says everywhere street sellers say attributes very expensively – often ten fold than it costs. Little flags, “Georgevski” ribbons – those black-orange ribbons that you probably spotted plenty on those photos.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

A spectator.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

This is called “immortal regiment” people carrying sticks with photos of their grandparents who died in the WW2. They say today there were over 800,000 people marching with photos of their deceased grandparents on Moscow streets.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Ilya says all Moscow downtown roads are closed, very hard to get around.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Everywhere mobile security scanners and endless lines.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Then parade begins. Ilya got an office with a nice view on the parade. Here comes Russian top Army commanders in those cabrio ZIL cars.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

And cannons are shooting.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Then tanks start moving, including newest ARMATA T-14 tanks.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

and T-72B3 tank (second)

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Then self-moving cannon going.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

A “MSTA” self moving cannon and TIGER armored vehicles.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Arctic camouflaged vehicles.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Intercontinental missiles.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Same one but up close.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Scout vehicle and three tanks.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

T-72B3 up close.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

B-11 “Kurganets”

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

Armored vehicle “Boomerang”

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

BMD-4M scout vehicle.

Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today

And a BTR-MDM.

Hope you liked how he saw Moscow today, thanks to Ilya for his photos, his website is below:

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9 thoughts on “Victory Day in Moscow Russia Today”

  1. Saint George [275–281 to 23 April 303], according to legend, was a Roman soldier of Greek origin and officer in the Guard of Roman emperor Diocletian, who was sentenced to death for failing to recant his Christian faith. As a Christian martyr, he later became one of the most venerated saints in Christianity and in particular the Crusades.
    This Moscow parade appears to be a sacred shrine to this military saint and the power of the modern day Russian Federation.

    • Some time ago the Georgian ribbon was only used for special people, but now it looks like it used by everyone (after the events in Ukraine):
      “The Georgian ribbon emerged as part of the Order of Saint George, established in 1769 as the highest military decoration of Imperial Russia (and re-established in 1998 by Presidential decree signed by then President of Russia Boris Yeltsin). While the Order of Saint George was normally not a collective award, the ribbon was sometimes granted to regiments and units that performed brilliantly during wartime and constituted an integral part of some collective battle honors (such as banners and pennants). When not awarded the full Order, some distinguished officers were granted ceremonial swords, adorned with the Georgian ribbon.”

  2. In the USA, it is illegal to wear medals you haven’t earned. Maybe Russia can do that. It’s a dishonor I think, for people to wear medals they haven’t earned. In the USA it’s called the “Stolen Valor” law

  3. The war ended 72 years ago. It’s time to let the past rest, and start looking to the future. Maybe decades ago this was an important event, but nowadays it’s nothing anymore but a circus, and the real meaning of it all has been long lost on the young generations.

    • ….”It’s time to let the past rest, and…”. –LOL. That’s what lazy students say.
      If you don’t know your past (and learn from it), you won’t understand your present, and you’re gonna screw up your future.

    • ….-“The war ended 72 years ago. It’s time to let the past rest…”. LOLZ. They WON, remember? No?
      I rest my case.

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