This post is part of the 70 YEARS OF THE GREAT VICTORY MARATHON
Now live – Victory Day Parades on Red Square and all across Russia to commemorate 70th anniversary of victory in WWII. The parades are held in 26 cities and organizers have promised the biggest ever all-day spectacular.
LIVE: Red Square Parade, May 9, 2015:
LIVE: non-stop coverage of V-Day Parades from across Russia, from Vladivostock, Novosibirsk, Sevastopol, Moscow and St. Petersburg to Murmansk and Kaliningrad, May 9, 2015. Lots of interesting bits and each city is different. Between 1:10:00 and 1:23:00 watch a very interesting historic parade in Tyumen’, Siberia. At 1:40:00 – interactive map of the biggest battles and dates during the 1941-45 Great war period. At 2:00:00 St. Pete navy parade, followed by Sevastopol.
‘Immortal Regiment’ march: Putin joins hundreds of thousands paying tribute to WW2 soldiers
Overall 12 million people in Russia and beyond took part in the Immortal Regiment marches. This was a sight to behold. A boundless sea of people participated in Moscow, carrying pictures of their relatives who perished in the war. Putin joined, carrying a photo of his father.
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For those of my readers who wanted to hear more about Putin, this just in. For the first time, Putin took a real day off on his 62nd birthday on October 7 and used it to spend some time alone with nature. The right way to spend a wholesome and peaceful birthday, if you ask me. 😉
The new cute video below continues the theme of my previous post: Happy Birthday, Mr. President! T-shirts, Marches and Pedestals for Putin’s Birthday. Artists from the youth project called «Сеть» – ‘Network’ – painted giant murals on walls of tall buildings in each of the seven Russian cities spanning the entire Russian territory west to east and north to south: Moscow, St Petersburg (Russia’s northern and cultural capital), Kaliningrad (westernmost Russian city), Sevastopol (Crimea), Novosibirsk (Western Siberia capital), Irkutsk (Eastern Siberia capital), and Vladivostok (Far East capital, largest easternmost Russian city). Each mural depicts an important theme and stands for a specific word, such as Strength, Memory, Arctic, Sovereignty, History, Security, and Olympics. In Russian: Сила, Память, Арктика, Суверенитет, История, Безопасность и Олимпиада.
These murals were painted as a tribute to Putin’s birthday. Together, first letters of the above words spanning seven cities and entire Russian territory, form the word «спасибо» = ‘SPASIBO,’ or ‘thank you.’
In Russian: Семь российских городов поздравили Владимира Путина с днем рождения с помощью граффити. В семи городах России на фасадах многоэтажных домов были нарисованы большие буквы, которые складываются в слово «спасибо». Таким образом президента с днем рождения поздравили участники молодежного проекта «Сеть». В Москве, Санкт-Петербурге, Новосибирске, Владивостоке, Иркутске, Калининграде и Севастополе и появились граффити со словами: Сила, Память, Арктика, Суверенитет, История, Безопасность и Олимпиада.
Video – artists working on giant murals:
Read/watch Part 1: Happy Birthday, Mr. President! T-shirts, Marches and Pedestals for Putin’s Birthday (At the bottom of that post I have now added more info about the Peacemaker boutique in NYC, which sells Putin T-shirts.)