Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 9 - Victory Day in Russia and former Soviet republics - in pictures

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 celebrated 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 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. https://rbth.com/may_9

Red flag on the Reichstag in Berlin, May 2, 1945
The most poignant photograph of World War Two