Exchanging the gifts of childhood for the ultimate sacrifice
Five Soviet child heroes of the Great Patriotic War, according to RBTH
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.
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.
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
President Vladimir Putin described Victory Day as "a symbol of the Russian people's triumph" and said that Russia will always cherish the sacred memory of the past war and will never allow the betrayal of its heroes
Every year dozens of search groups from the Tver region go to Rzhev to search for soldiers who died there during World War II
How does Russia prepare for the annual Victory Day march in Moscow?
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
A Russian Red Army veteran relives his love for a German girl and their romance amid the ruins
RBTH remembers Soviet writers who experienced the brutal front as Red Army soldiers and as war correspondents
Thousands flocked to Victory Park in the Russian capital to honor veterans on May 9
The Victory Day Parade in St. Petersburg's Palace Square (Dvortsovya Ploschad) was held on 9 May 2013 to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945.
President Vladimir Putin presides over the 68th anniversary celebrations
WWII veterans in Kologriv have asked the municipal authorities to cancel the fireworks on Victory Day ahead of the city's favorite green holiday Goose Day, in order not to scare the migrating geese
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
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
Moscow's Red Square is currently hosting the dress rehearsal for the May 9 military parade that will mark the 68th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II
Servicemen take part in a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Red Square in Moscow. Russia marks victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, every year on May 9
Russians take a few days off to celebrate International Workers’ Day and Victory Day
A rehearsal took place at Alabino near Moscow on Friday, April 12, for the upcoming Victory Day Parade, set for May 9. Watch the military personnel training on a parade ground, which is an exact replica of Moscow’s Red Square.
Last week London’s Russian and British communities came together to salute the bravery of the sailors involved in the Arctic Convoys of World War II