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    • Victory Day Parade rehearsal in Saint Petersburg.
    • Drummers at a rehearsal in Volgograd.
    • Victory Day Parade rehearsal in Sevastopol.
    • Cadets at Red Square, rehearsing for the parade in 2019.
    • Female cadets from Simferopol.
    • Murmansk preparing for the 73rd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War.
    • The V-Day parade in Moscow.
    • Servicewomen marching in Kazan, Tatarstan.
    • Getting ready to shine on Red Square, 2018.
    • Just before the parade on Red Square in 2019.
    • Marching on Red Square, 2019.
    • Military parade in Saint Petersburg lightened up by servicewomen.
    • Members of Yunarmiya, a military patriotic movement, at the general rehearsal on Red Square.
    • Cadets rehearsing for the parade.
    • The 73rd anniversary of the victory in Saint Petersburg.
    • Servicewomen at the parade in Moscow commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the victory.
    • Cadets at the military parade on Red Square.
    • Servicewomen carrying a standard during a rehearsal at the Alabino military polygon.
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    Victory Day Parade rehearsal in Saint Petersburg.

    Women played a crucial role in the victory in the Great Patriotic War and they remain an integral part of the Russian Armed Forces. Russian servicewomen have also become one of the centrepieces and highlights of the Victory Day parades.

    Victory Day in Russia, celebrating the Soviet triumph over Nazi Germany, is just two weeks away. However, the celebrations, including parades and solemn marches, have had to be rescheduled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    Sputnik has compiled a special photo gallery for you ahead of V-Day where you can immerse yourselves in the atmosphere of the 9 May parades and enjoy pictures of Russian servicewomen rehearsing for this solemn event in their hometowns in previous years.

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