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The Russians go all out when celebrating the anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany during World War Two. For the Kremlin, it’s an occasion to tout the country’s triumphant past and flex today’s military muscle. This year’s 71st anniversary parade, held yesterday in Moscow’s Red Square, included 10,000 servicemen and women, 135 military […]

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at 9:50 am
Credit: Levi Nazarov Credit: Levi Nazarov

The Russians go all out when celebrating the anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany during World War Two. For the Kremlin, it’s an occasion to tout the country’s triumphant past and flex today’s military muscle. This year’s 71st anniversary parade, held yesterday in Moscow’s Red Square, included 10,000 servicemen and women, 135 military vehicles and 71 aircraft.

As bombers and fighters zoomed through the air, massive missile launchers drove through Moscow. Some of the aircraft and missile defense system models had been used recently on the ground in Syria. Many veterans who are nearing their hundredth birthdays joined the parade: more than 20 million Soviet soldiers and civilians died in World War Two.

Seated next to each other at the presidential dais were Head Shliach and Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar, and (lehavdil)former leader of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev. Gorbachev was the eighth, and last leader of the Soviet Union, whose policies led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. As a result, Yiddishkeit has openly flourished in the FSU, after Jews being persecuted for keeping Torah and mitzvos under Soviet rule.

Earlier in the day a special ceremony for Jewish war veterans took place in Red Square, with the Shaarei Zedek war veterans, mesivta talmidim, and Rabbi Lazar and Barada.

Photo Credit: Levi Nazarov

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Source: QZ.com

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