Russia holds Victory Day military parade and, for a day, forgets the grinding pandemic
For Russians, Victory Day is perhaps the nation’s most emotional holiday and evokes triumphant memories of wartime heroism darkened by the cruel sacrifice of 27 million Soviet citizens who died in what is known here as the Great Patriotic War. Russian state television has been running a nonstop rolling banner on the right hand side of the screen listing the names of every known casualty.
After arriving at the parade, Putin shook hands with elderly veterans of the war, people in their 80s and 90s — one of the groups most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Neither Putin nor the veterans he greeted wore masks.
The last surviving of member of three Soviet female air force regiments, Galina Brok-Beltsova, 95, was seated at Putin’s right.
Putin said Europe owed its freedom to the Soviet soldiers who laid down their lives in the war.
“They defended their land, freed the states of Europe from invaders, saved the people of Germany from Nazism and its ideology. …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]