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    Hundreds of thousands of Muscovites are taking part in the so-called 'Immortal Regiment' march, carrying photographs of their relatives in memory of those who took part in the Great Patriotic War (a term used in Russia and other former Soviet republics to describe hostilities on the eastern fronts of World War II in 1941-1945).

    The organizers of the march called on everyone who wants to pay tribute to their relatives perished during the years of the war, to take to the streets across Russia in a symbolic action.

    The president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin (in the center) during procession of Regional patriotic public organization Immortal Regiment Moscow along the Red Square
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    The president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin (in the center) during procession of Regional patriotic public organization "Immortal Regiment Moscow" along the Red Square

    As the head of the vast column reached Red Square, it was joined by President Putin, who held a photograph of his late father, who fought in WWII.

    People hold a banner, a replica of the so-called Victory Standard which was erected at the top of the Reichstag building in Berlin at the end of World War Two, as they take part in the Immortal Regiment march during the Victory Day celebrations in central Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015
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    People hold a banner, a replica of the so-called Victory Standard which was erected at the top of the Reichstag building in Berlin at the end of World War Two, as they take part in the Immortal Regiment march during the Victory Day celebrations in central Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015

    "I think that my father, like millions of ordinary soldiers, and he was an ordinary soldier, has all the right to walk through this [Red] square," President Putin told the journalists.

    March of Immortal Regiment Moscow regional patriotic public organization on Red Square
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    March of Immortal Regiment Moscow regional patriotic public organization on Red Square

    The Immortal Regiment action was first held in the Siberian city of Tomsk in 2012. In 2013, it had already spread to 120 cities with Kazakhstan and Ukrainian joining the event, gathering in total about 200,000 people.

    March of Immortal Regiment on Red Square. Pictured on the wall of the State Historical Museum is the Order of the Patriotic War (left) and the Order of Victory (right)
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    March of Immortal Regiment on Red Square. Pictured on the wall of the State Historical Museum is the Order of the Patriotic War (left) and the Order of Victory (right)

    Last year the Immortal Regiment was joined by Israel, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus. This year the event already took place in the United States and is expected to be held several cities of Norway, the German capital of Berlin, Dublin, Beirut, Vienna and other cities.

    March of Immortal Regiment Moscow regional patriotic public organization on Red Square
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    March of Immortal Regiment Moscow regional patriotic public organization on Red Square

    According to official data, about 27 million Soviet citizens, including both civilians and servicemen, died in the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany in 1941-1945.

    March of Immortal Regiment Moscow regional patriotic public organization on Red Square
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    March of Immortal Regiment Moscow regional patriotic public organization on Red Square

     

     

     

     

     

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