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Russia’s Victory Day : 9th May

Russia’s Victory Day:

May 9 is celebrated as “Victory Day” in Russia

  • To commemorate the Soviet Union’s role in defeating Nazi Germany in World War II. It was first celebrated in 1965 under Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
  • It was occasionally marked in the Soviet era and revived by President Boris Yeltsin for the 50th anniversary in 1995.
  • In 2008, Vladimir Putin made it an annual event featuring military hardware. 2022 marks the 77th anniversary.
  • Victory Day is marked by a military parade in Moscow, and Russian leaders traditionally stand on the tomb of Vladimir Lenin in Red Square to observe it.
  • On June 22, 1941, the German army began its invasion of the Soviet Union.
  • Operation Barbarossa is the code name for the German invasion of the Soviet Union.
  • To conquer the western Soviet Union and create more Lebensraum (living space) for Germany.
  • Nazi Germany aimed to eventually exterminate the indigenous Slavic peoples by mass deportation to Siberia and repopulated the western Soviet Union with the Germans.
  • Hitler arrogantly believed the war would last no longer than three months; his soldiers did not even bother to bring winter clothes.
  • By 1943, the Germans’ rapid advance collapsed under the weight of the fierce Russian winter and partisan guerrillas.

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