Thousands gather for Russia’s Victory Day parade as Covid-19 cases spend 600k | World news


Some masks could be seen in a Red Square, as Vladimir Putin has hosted foreign leaders and war veterans, now in their 90s, the country’s Victory Day military parade, which resulted in the number of cases of coronavirus in Russia has exceeded 600 000.Thousands of Muscovites ignored calls to stay at home and heaped up along the Tverskaya Street and in the vicinity of the Kremlin to see tanks, artillery, and Icbms make their way through Moscow and Red Square, where the parade marked the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.

The president of Kyrgyzstan, who had travelled to Moscow for the parade, said he has not attended because of two members of his delegation had been tested positive for Covid-19.

As a refurbished Soviet T-34 tanks have made their way onto the square, Russian medical officials, announced that it had counted 7,176 new cases of coronavirus, including 811 in Moscow, bringing the total to 606,881 case. Officially, 154 people have been killed in the last days of the disease.

Russian combat aircraft taking part in the military parade. Photo: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

More than 20 cities across the Russian federation, has canceled their celebrations, saying they were worried for the health of veterans and the public. But the main cities such as Moscow, have pushed forward, even appearing to reduce coronavirus restrictions to prepare for the parade. Large gatherings are still banned, for fear of the spread of the disease.

On the Red Square, Kremlin officials have said that they had tested all of those who attended for Covid-19. More than 80 veterans, some who flanked Putin on the parade bleachers had been put in quarantine for two weeks in a Moscow region sanatorium before the parade.

The spectators were separated by empty seats, but otherwise, the show differed little from the large display of Russian military power, that it has become in recent decades.

In a speech, Putin did not mention coronavirus and delivered largely conciliatory remarks that only nodded to its more net charges published in English in the beginning of the week, that the west was rewriting the history of the war.

“Our debt is to remember… that the Soviet people bore the brunt of the struggle against Nazism,” Putin said in a speech, as a veteran of the war pumped his fist in the background.

“It is the primary, pure, without change in the truth about the war. We must protect and defend it, pass it on to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Today, a military parade in honor of this sacred truth, in honour of the outstanding amount of the generation of victors, who have determined the outcome of the entire second world war.”

Putin, who has largely appeared on television from a room without window, panoramic as his “bunker” since the month of April, shook hands with veterans of the war and has met with the leaders of the friendly, mostly from ex-Soviet countries, including Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Moldova, Uzbekistan, and Serbia and Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.

A Yars mobile ICBM launcher during the Victory Day military parade on the Red Square.

A Yars mobile ICBM launcher during the Victory Day military parade on the Red Square. Photograph: Host Photo Agency/Getty Images

He has been forced to delay the parade on May 9 by more than a month because of the outbreak of coronavirus, which has hung a long political season in Russia, during which Putin seeks to amend the constitution to allow himself to stay in the Kremlin until 2036, if he wants it.

The online voting for the referendum on the plan will begin in less than 24 hours and the Kremlin, hoping for a boost from the patriotic show, which featured an air force flyover and soldiers dressed in replica uniforms of the second world war.

Main customers such as the China of Xi Jinping and France, Emmanuel Macron was cancelled, the degradation of the event from the showcase of world diplomacy that the Kremlin hopes the occasion of the anniversary of the be.

But those who made the trip were enthusiastic. The Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko, who has been heavily criticized for the conduct of its own May 9 parade in spite of the outbreak of coronavirus, was joined on the parade of the bleachers by his two sons. The Serbian leader, Alexandar Vučić, struck his chest, as a delegation of soldiers marched by the podium.

Acting prime minister

Boris Yeltsin sacks his cabinet and appoints Putin, a political neophyte who led the main successor to the KGB, as his acting prime minister and heir apparent.

The acting president

Yeltsin stunned Russia and the world using his traditional new year message to announce his resignation and hand full powers, including the nuclear suitcase to Putin.

The president (first term)

Putin wins a surprisingly small majority during his first presidential election, taking 53% of the vote and avoid a second round.

The president (second term)

Putin consolidates his centralized control of power by cruising to a second term as president with 71% of the vote, having limited press access to his opponents and the harassment of their campaigns.

The prime minister

Putin is prevented by the constitution from running for a third term as president. The First vice-prime minister Dmitry Medvedev is elected in his place. One of its first actions was to appoint Putin as prime minister, leaving little doubt that the two men plan, at the very least, to run Russia in tandem.

The president (third term)

In the midst of numerous allegations of electoral fraud, Putin returns to the role of president, taking 63.6%. Medvedev became his prime minister. “Putin has named himself the emperor of Russia, for the next 12 years,” said protest leader Alexei Navalny.

The chair (fourth term)

Putin is re-elected until 2024 with 77% of the vote, in the middle of strong tensions between London and Moscow on the Salisbury nerve agent attack. Opposition activists highlighted a number of cases of electoral fraud, and statistical anomalies.

Under Putin, the parade has become the main policy vacation and taken on a religious aura.

Earlier this week, Putin has attended the opening of a new army of the cathedral is managed by the Russian army, which is in part, dedicated to the memory of the war.

The stairs have been moulded from scrap metal salvaged from Nazi tanks and acquired objects of Hitler’s cap, according to the ministry of defence. The Plans for the assembly of a mosaic featuring images of Putin and other senior Russian political and military officials, have been demolished after images of the mosaic have been disclosed.


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