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Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms prepare to parade in Red Square in front of a backdrop of St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Thousands of Russian soldiers and military cadets marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic World War II parade. The show honored the participants of the Nov. 7, 1941 parade who headed directly to the front lines to defend Moscow from the Nazi forces. The parade Thursday involved about 6,000 people, many of them dressed in World War II-era uniforms.

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Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army second world war uniforms prepare to parade in Red Square against a backdrop of St Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday. The soldiers marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic second world war parade.

Belarus  teenagers take part in a rehearsal of the upcoming Independence Day parade  in Minsk, on July 2, 2013.  Belarus celebrates tomorrow Independence Day, an official  holiday marking the day in 1944 when the Red Army liberated Minsk from Nazi troops during the World War II.

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Belarus teenagers take part in a rehearsal of the Independence Day parade in Minsk, on Tuesday. Belarus celebrates Independence Day on Wednesday, an official holiday marking the day in 1944 when the Red Army liberated Minsk from Nazi troops during the second world war.