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:
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.
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.
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.
Ilya says all Moscow downtown roads are closed, very hard to get around.
Everywhere mobile security scanners and endless lines.
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.
And cannons are shooting.
Then tanks start moving, including newest ARMATA T-14 tanks.
and T-72B3 tank (second)
Then self-moving cannon going.
A “MSTA” self moving cannon and TIGER armored vehicles.
Arctic camouflaged vehicles.
Same one but up close.
Scout vehicle and three tanks.
T-72B3 up close.
Armored vehicle “Boomerang”
BMD-4M scout vehicle.
And a BTR-MDM.
Hope you liked how he saw Moscow today, thanks to Ilya for his photos, his website is below: