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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Soldiers To March On Square

Russian soldiers will parade across Red Square to celebrate Victory Day on May 9 for the first time in six years, a military spokesman said Tuesday.


The tradition of huge military parades in Red Square to mark the anniversary of the German defeat in World War II was suspended in 1991 as the Soviet Union neared collapse.


Last year, a dazzling military display featuring tanks, rocket launchers and other hardware to mark the 50th anniversary of victory was held at Poklonnaya Gora on the edge of the city in the biggest Victory Day celebration since the first one in 1945.


That parade was boycotted by U.S. President Bill Clinton, British Prime Minister John Major and other visiting world leaders because of the war in Chechnya. Instead, they attended a smaller review of veterans in Red Square.


Vladimir Guryanov, a spokesman for the Moscow military district, said Tuesday the military parade would be returned to Red Square this year, with troops of the Moscow garrison marching to celebrate the 51st anniversary of victory.


However, since the square is undergoing renovation, it was unlikely that tanks and other military hardware will accompany the soldiers.