Vladimir Putin attends a military parade in Moscow

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Russian military servicemen march in Red Square, Moscow, during a military parade marking the 69th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany during the second world war

Russia Victory Day

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Russian second world war veterans leave Red Square after the Victory Day parade on Thursday. Vladimir Putin, Russian President, said at the annual military procession that Russia will be a guarantor of world security. Mr Putin’s short speech came at the culmination of Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany 68 years ago. It is Russia’s most important secular holiday, honouring the huge military and civilian losses of the second world war and showing off the country’s modern arsenal