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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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

We were soldiers once, and young

Elena Klimova

As Russia celebrated the 67th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany, RBTH spoke to veterans about their memories of that time

Russia celebrates Victory Day

RIA Novosti, The Moscow Times

Russia held a parade in Red Square to mark the 67th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in the 1941-45 Great Patriotic War

Victory Day on both sides of the Atlantic

Eugene Ivanov

A couple of hours for Victory Day is not a high price to pay for reminding ourselves that the history of mankind doesn’t split along national borders or generational lines

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