Russia has pledged to go ahead with a massive WWII memorial parade which attracts crowds of more than 100,000 despite its growing coronavirus outbreak
- Russia is to go ahead with its annual memorial military parade on May 9, despite the coronavirus outbreak.
- The event will see thousands of servicemen and women march together alongside tanks through Moscow to mark 75 years since the end of World War II.
- The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it had halted rehearsals but that the the main event will still happen. As many as 100,000 spectators attend the parade.
- Russia has reported 6,343 infections and 47 deaths as of Monday.
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Despite steadily mounting infections from the coronavirus in Russia, President Vladimir Putin has so far refused to cancel a massive parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Soviet triumph Nazi Germany.
The annual Victory Day parade on May 9 typically includes tens of thousands of troops, military equipment, and hundreds of thousands of spectators.
The event came under fire last week after social media footage showed thousands of re-enactors rehearsing for the event, despite a government ban on gatherings of more than 50 people.
One video, found by Rob Lee, an open source military researcher who focuses on former Soviet militaries, shows re-enactors at a military base in Alabino, outside of …continued .
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