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Victory Day or 9 May marks the Soviet Union's victory over  Nazi Germany in the Second World War (also known as the Great Patriotic War). It was first celebretated in 15 Soviet republics after the adoption of the surrender document on May 8, 1945. The Soviet government announced the victory early on 9 May after the signing ceremony in Berlin. The holiday became a non-labour day only in 1965 and only in some of the countries. It is celebrated to commemorate the 28 000 000 (according to different estimates) children, parents, spouses and friends killed in Soviet Union during the World War II.

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Victory Day in Moscow's Gorky park

Russian WWII veteran Viktor Shepelev, 86, hugs a young boy as he receive flowers from him during a celebration of Victory Day in Moscow's Gorky park.

Victory Day in small-town Russia

Ajay Kamalakaran

The world sees the grandeur of the Russian Armed Forces marching during the annual May 9 parade in the heart of Moscow. However, even smaller towns in the country mark the holiday with a great degree of enthusiasm and reflection

World War II legacy can bring Russia and the U.S. closer

Ivan Kurilla, Charles Sullivan

The historical memory of World War II is as significant to Russia as democracy and civil rights are to the U.S. The two nations have plenty of reasons to celebrate together on the same date, but venture to add that this may not be enough

In search of unknown soldiers

Vladimir Erkovich

The search for the last resting places of soldiers killed in World War II, and identification of their remains, is a task that has been carried on for decades by volunteer enthusiasts

Celebrating Victory Day in Moscow

Daria Gonzales

RBTH wishes you a happy Victory Day, and at the same time offers you a sampling of the best events taking place in the Russian capital

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