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On August 2, people across Russia celebrate their paratroopers: current and ex servicemen don their trademark striped vests and blue berets and head to town parks and squares to celebrate – often with alcohol-fuelled macho competitions.

On August 2, people across Russia celebrate their paratroopers: current and ex servicemen don their trademark striped vests and blue berets and head to town parks and squares to celebrate – often with alcohol-fuelled macho competitions.

© RIA Novosti . Alexey DanichevOn August 2, people across Russia celebrate their paratroopers: current and ex servicemen don their trademark striped vests and blue berets and head to town parks and squares to celebrate – often with alcohol-fuelled macho competitions. In St. Petersburg a man celebrating paratrooper day and an LGBT activist on a one-man protest were detained by police after a scuffle broke out between them when the activist tried to unfurl a rainbow flag, local media reported.
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On August 2, people across Russia celebrate their paratroopers: current and ex servicemen don their trademark striped vests and blue berets and head to town parks and squares to celebrate – often with alcohol-fuelled macho competitions. In St. Petersburg a man celebrating paratrooper day and an LGBT activist on a one-man protest were detained by police after a scuffle broke out between them when the activist tried to unfurl a rainbow flag, local media reported.
© RIA Novosti . Maxim Blinov / Go to the photo bankIn Moscow, the Soviet-built exhibition pavilion at VDNKh and Gorky Park are among the main focal points for paratrooper day celebrations – men in striped vests frolicked in fountains, waved flags and ate watermelons.
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In Moscow, the Soviet-built exhibition pavilion at VDNKh and Gorky Park are among the main focal points for paratrooper day celebrations – men in striped vests frolicked in fountains, waved flags and ate watermelons.
© RIA Novosti . Mikhail Voskresenski / Go to the photo bankEx-paratroopers remembered their time on active service.
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Ex-paratroopers remembered their time on active service.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel LisitsynSome in Yekaterinburg headed to Soviet Army square complete with parachute, just in case.
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Some in Yekaterinburg headed to Soviet Army square complete with parachute, just in case.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankIn addition to the more worldly celebrations taking place in fountains and parks across the capital, Moscow also saw a Christian procession through the city to mark the day.
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In addition to the more worldly celebrations taking place in fountains and parks across the capital, Moscow also saw a Christian procession through the city to mark the day.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir AstapkovichThe Russian Orthodox Church and Russia’s Paratroopers also paid their respects to Prophet Elijah. Prophet Elijah is referred to as a healer and miracle-worker in Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and is regarded by Russia’s Paratroopers as their protector.
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The Russian Orthodox Church and Russia’s Paratroopers also paid their respects to Prophet Elijah. Prophet Elijah is referred to as a healer and miracle-worker in Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and is regarded by Russia’s Paratroopers as their protector.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Astapkovitch / Go to the photo bankVeterans, serving paratroopers, and cadets took part in celebrations on Moscow’s Red Square.
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Veterans, serving paratroopers, and cadets took part in celebrations on Moscow’s Red Square.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel Lisitsyn / Go to the photo bankMany people brought their children along.
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Many people brought their children along.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir AstapkovichThe Christian procession through Moscow, in honor of Prophet Elijah, started from the Elijah the Prophet cathedral and ended on Red Square.
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The Christian procession through Moscow, in honor of Prophet Elijah, started from the Elijah the Prophet cathedral and ended on Red Square.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankParatroopers on Red Square celebrating the 83-rd anniversary of the creation of dedicated paratroopers’ units within the country’s Armed Forces.
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Paratroopers on Red Square celebrating the 83-rd anniversary of the creation of dedicated paratroopers’ units within the country’s Armed Forces.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei MalgavkoRussian President Vladimir Putin praised veterans and serving paratroopers for their outstanding professionalism, skill, sense of duty and loyalty.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin praised veterans and serving paratroopers for their outstanding professionalism, skill, sense of duty and loyalty.
© RIA Novosti . Mikhail Voskresenski / Go to the photo bankMoscow’s Gorky Park remains a favorite spot for partying paratroopers.
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Moscow’s Gorky Park remains a favorite spot for partying paratroopers.
© RIA Novosti . Iakov AndreevCelebrating paratrooper day in Tomsk. The local authorities drained the fountains, reportedly for technical reasons, but that did not put a dampener on proceedings – the men headed to the river.
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Celebrating paratrooper day in Tomsk. The local authorities drained the fountains, reportedly for technical reasons, but that did not put a dampener on proceedings – the men headed to the river.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei DanichevCelebrations in St. Petersburg included a veterans’ parade and the laying of flowers, and a concert.
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Celebrations in St. Petersburg included a veterans’ parade and the laying of flowers, and a concert.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir AstapkovichCelebrating Paratrooper Day.
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Celebrating Paratrooper Day.
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