The Mendeleyev Journal - Live From Moscow

If you’ve never been, you must go. The annual Victory Day celebration of victory over the Germans from 1941 to 1945 is the second most visible holiday in all of Russia, save for the festivities surrounding the ringing in of the New Year in January.

The Victory Day parade and associated festivities are part of the once-a-year celebration that Russia has transformed into a historic landmark as well as a display of modern military might. The war ended Sixty-seven years ago but during that time almost 30 million citizens perished in that tragic struggle against the invading Nazi war machine.

Adolf Hitler had built Germany into one of the strongest armies the world had ever faced and it took a joint effort by the Allies to beat back the Nazi threat. Of all the Allies, Russia suffered the most lives lost during World War II, and a great sense of…

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