Russia is holding rehearsals for its Victory Day parade, scheduled for 9 May despite the coronavirus crisis, as the Kremlin resists cancelling a patriotic holiday with major political significance, as The Guardian news agency reports.
The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has invited a large number of the world political elite, including French President Macron, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The event is a significant historical landmark for Russia and a coveted photo opportunity to claim Putin’s re-emergence from political isolation in the west.
Russia’s general prosecutor has censured a news website for writing that the parade may be cancelled in one Russian region due to the coronavirus, sayingits article violated regulations on fake news.
“May 9th is a sacred date for millions upon millions in Russia and CIS countries, the Victory Day parade is scheduled (sanitary measures taken) and will march on Red Square,” Russian Foreign Ministry stated
Russia’s defence ministry has said that it is taking precautionary measures to ensure the soldiers’ safety, including regular temperature checks. “All the members of the rehearsals are burning with desire to participate in this historic event and are training their hearts out,” said Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the ministry.
As we reported before, more than one million veterans and victims of Nazi persecution will receive financial assistance from the state.