The Russian picture dictionary: Spring Holidays
Cartoonist Natalia Mikhaylenko gives you all the necessary vocabulary you need to know about spring holidays in Russia
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.
Over 700 foreign military service members will take part in the military parade in Moscow on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, Russian Ground Force Commander-in-chief Col. Oleg Salyukov said
5,000 former Soviet citizens to be recognized alongside American servicemen
The amnesty proposed by the Russian president may affect up to 60,000 convicts and up to 200,000 people with suspended sentences, or one out of every ten prisoners in Russia, says a draft decree declaring amnesty due to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War submitted by the president to the State Duma
Twenty-five foreign leaders and heads of international organizations have confirmed they will attend the Victory Parade on Moscow\'s Red Square on May 9, presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov told the media on Saturday
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree establishing the Remembrance and Reconciliation Day to be marked on May 8
Over 15,000 servicemen will march on Moscow's Red Square during the Victory Parade, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the organizational committee Victory on Tuesday
The leaders of more than 30 countries have already confirmed that they will attend May 9 celebrations in Moscow marking the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, the Izvestia newspaper reported on Tuesday
March 13: RBTH rounds up the day’s reporting in leading Russian media
For more than five years, photographer Arthur Bondar has been taking portraits of World War II veterans from Russia and Ukraine on Polaroid film
North Korea has officially confirmed its leader Kim Jong-un's intention to participate in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in Moscow in May, 2015, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov told Interfax
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.
Five Soviet child heroes of the Great Patriotic War, according to RBTH
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