Q&A: Victory Day symbolism for the Putin regime

This year, Russia’s celebrations of Victory Day – which marks the defeat of the Nazi regime in World War II – take on particular symbolism, with a military parade to demonstrate its war might.

What marks Victory Day?

Victory Day commemorates the European victory of the Allies over the Nazi Germany regime at the end of the Second World War, on May 8, 1945. In countries under the influence of the former Soviet Union, from 1967 onwards, Victory Day began to be celebrated. commemorated on May 9, referring to the day of the capitulation of Nazi forces to Soviet troops, and became a public holiday. In most western European countries, Victory Day continued to be celebrated on 8 May.

What does Victory Day 2022 mean for Russia?

In recent weeks, Western intelligence has spread the message that the Kremlin would like to celebrate May 9 this year with a major victory in the war in Ukraine.

However, in recent days, the Russian authorities have deflated expectations regarding any military success until Victory Day, although they do not give up celebrating the date with the pomp and circumstance of other years, taking the opportunity to organize a military parade in Red Square. , in Moscow, to show off its weapons power.

Not even during the difficult years of the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2020 and 2021, did Russia stop celebrating Victory Day, only granting the postponement of the festivities.

What festivities are you planning for this year?

In the midst of an invasion of Ukraine – which President Vladimir Putin has dubbed a “special military operation” – the Kremlin promised a military parade this Monday with more than 10,000 troops, 62 fighter planes and 15 war helicopters.

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