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The parade on Wednesday (June 24) marks the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Second World War victory over the Nazis. It was postponed from May 9 because of the novel coronavirus outbreak and critics say even now it was irresponsible to go ahead with it. The Kremlin has dismissed that however, saying new daily infections, though still in the thousands, are on the wane, especially in the Russian capital, the original epicenter of the outbreak, and that all safety precautions will be taken.

President of Russia and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Vladimir Putin (C) makes a speech in Red Square during a Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II in Moscow.

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Members of Youth Army movement march during the Victory Day Parade in Red Square in Moscow.

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Parade formations are seen ahead of the military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat on Red Square in Moscow.

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A Russian Yars intercontinental ballistic missile system drives during the Victory Day Parade in Red Square in Moscow.

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Russian servicemen march during the Victory Day Parade in Red Square in Moscow.

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Russian warplanes fly over Red Square leaving trails of smoke in colors of national flag during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow.

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Deputy Head of Russia's Security Council Dmitry Medvedev attends the Victory Day Parade in Red Square in Moscow.

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Russian sailors march during the Victory Day Parade in Red Square in Moscow.

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A Russian A-50 early warning aircraft flies above a cathedral during the Victory Day Parade in Moscow.

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Honour guard soldiers march during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in WWII, at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg.

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An elderly woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus infection looks from a tribune during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in WWII, at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg.

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Russian sailors, center, march in Red Square during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in WWII in Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and guests observe a minute of silence during a military parade, which marks the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II in Moscow.

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Servicewomen march during a Victory Day military parade in Red Square marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II in Moscow.

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Russian Arctic anti-aircraft missile systems "Pantsir-SA" move through Red Square during a military parade, which marks the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II in Moscow.

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President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko with his son Nikolai (L) during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II in Moscow.

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Parade formations before the Victory Day military parade in Red Square marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II in Moscow.

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Servicemen of the Chinese Armed Forces march during a Victory Day military parade in Red Square marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II in Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu leave Red Square after the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow.

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