Traditional parades to celebrate the anniversary of Victory in great Patriotic war this year have decided not to spend several friendly to Russia of the CIS countries – Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. In most post-Soviet republics may 9 remains a holiday and a day off.
Holiday in Central Asia
“Victory day remains a public holiday and a day off in all the countries of the former USSR, except the Baltic States”
On Friday, the government of Kyrgyzstan announced the decision not to hold a military parade on Victory Day may 9, 2016. Instead, at the Eternal flame in Bishkek will be held a meeting-Requiem with participation of the first persons of the state and veterans.
“A military parade is held only on the anniversary dates. In particular, this year in Bishkek is planned to hold the parade on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of independence on August 31,” explained RIA of “news” in a press-service of the Metropolitan municipality of the Republic.
It said that the participants of the meeting will be invited to taste soldier’s porridge from the field kitchen. Scheduled display of vintage military equipment, including the legendary tank T-34. The evening will salute.
In addition, on may 9 in Bishkek will be held a March “Immortal regiment”. For this action aligns the capital of Kyrgyzstan for the third year in a row. This year the organizers are expecting participation of around 5 thousand people – despite the fact that the country is home to 821 a veteran of the great Patriotic war.
Kazakhstan this year also refused to parade. The country will only need one solemn March – the Day of the 25th anniversary of independence in September, said the Ministry of defence of the Republic. At the same time last year in the parade in Astana on 9 may was attended by about 5 thousand soldiers and about 200 units of military equipment. In Kazakhstan prefer to scale to celebrate the Victory only on the anniversary dates.
In a military parade in the Tajik capital Dushanbe will involve 2 thousand servicemen of the country and their colleagues from the Russian 201st military base. In the cities of Tajikistan will be concerts, reports Sputnik. The President of the country ordered to pay the veterans $ 250 for the holiday.
In Turkmenistan, even the parade and is not carried out, attempts to cast doubt on the value of the Win is also no. May 9 – day off. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree on the presentation of gifts to veterans.
Uzbekistan does not conduct the parade. But this year the Republic for the first time joins “Immortal regiment”. Local veterans are promised monetary payments.
The Baltic States have not celebrated the Day of Victory, except for local marches of veterans of the units, once fought on the German side, which are in correspondence dispute with veterans of the red army about who fought with whom and who is a war hero.
Against this background, on 5 may in Estonia detained the organizer of the action “Immortal regiment” in the Republic of Dmitry Linter. Tallinn, despite conflicting views on the war, still is one of nearly 40 world capitals participating in the “Immortal regiment”. In an interview with the newspaper VIEW Linter told about rendering in this regard, the pressure on activists.
In Lithuania, too, will not parade. The only military parade is held here on the day of the armed forces, 21 Nov. In Latvia and Estonia – only on the day of independence of these countries.
“Ukraine is moving to Europe”
In Ukraine, with the Victory still more difficult. Officially, the government does not deny the heroism of Soviet soldiers and annually read out greetings to the veterans. But parallel to the other “veterans” who fought on the side of the Reich, spend their memorable events.
Also regularly seen attempts to come up with a holiday alternative. So, the Ukrainian Institute of national memory offered to celebrate Victory Day on the 8th, not the 9th of may, because “Ukraine is moving to Europe.” Representatives of the Institute insist that the country celebrated the end of the Second world war, along with other European countries, celebrating it 8th.
Last year in Ukraine adopted on 8 may the Day of memory and reconciliation. But may 9, left a non-working day. Thus, Ukrainians can celebrate two days in a row. To use the Flag of Victory there prohibited adopted by the Verkhovna Rada law “About the condemnation of the Communist and Nazi regimes”.
In the Ukraine before 2014 are regularly carried out military parade on may 9, but with the advent of the new government priorities shift.
But will widely celebrate the breakaway from Ukraine Donbass. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that no one can recommend cancellation of the Victory parade in Donetsk, allegedly because of the contradictions the display of military hardware with the Minsk agreements. In DND stated that the military equipment, which will participate in the parade, will not have weapons.
Moldova will not conduct the parade. The President of the country Nikolay Timofti encouraged to abandon demonstrations on the main square of Chisinau on may 9 military equipment from the United States. Recommendation due to concerns that there may be “negative interpretation and speculation”.
In the neighboring unrecognized Transnistria parade will be.
Belarus parade does not hold, but still believes Victory Day is one of the main holidays – at the official level. The head of the opposition party Belarusian popular front Aliaksei Yanukevich demanded to recognize the Russian biker club “Night wolves”, carrying motocross “Road to Victory – Berlin”, an extremist organization and to ban them in Belarus.
In Georgia the parade on may 9 is not carried out. But commemorative events are held. Some of them organize a Union of Russian compatriots “Fatherland”. The country is home to more than 1.2 thousand veterans.
“The reasons may be different: from Mercantile – just not enough money for organization or travel is not to what – to the ideological”
In Armenia, large-scale military parades in honor of victory Day are not held for several years. Usually there are limited to the laying of wreaths at the Eternal flame and meetings with veterans. However, Russian border guards at the 102nd base jointly with the Armenian military parade will be held at the memorial complex of military glory of “Mother Armenia”.
In the Azerbaijani capital Baku will host a military parade and laying of wreaths at the monument to twice Hero of the Soviet Union Hazi Aslanov. In addition, the country’s President Ilham Aliyev has ordered to pay the veterans for 660 dollars. There are about 1.3 thousand participants of war.
The ribbons and “Immortal regiment”
More than 10 thousand St. George ribbons symbolizing the Victory, handed out Patriotic activists in new York. All in all, U.S. cities were distributed about 15 thousand ribbons.
In Rome St. George ribbon tried on Pope Francis.
The annual action of memory “George ribbon”, which was first held in 2005, was launched in 85 regions of Russia on April 22. Also, it will join people in more than 70 countries around the world.
In addition, Eastern Europe continues to rally “Roads of Victory in Berlin.” Despite the difficulties with crossing the Polish border (some bikers don’t miss), the action is not finished. May 4 bikers with bread and salt met in Brno, Czech Republic The route is laid through the territory of Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic and Germany. May 9, “Road to Victory” reached the German capital – Berlin.
Finally, the memorial March in memory of the great Patriotic war participants of “Immortal regiment” in 2016, was joined by 16 States. Thus, the action will take part 39 countries.
“Just not enough money”
Victory day remains a public holiday and a day off in all the countries of the former USSR, except the Baltic States. This year in some republics in the former Soviet Union will not be military parades although in the past – jubilee – the year they took place. Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
In Moldova, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Georgia with a military parade and other lavish celebrations are not to be held not for the first time.
In Ukraine and in the Baltic countries the Victory Day causes fierce debate.
First Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Kalashnikov in an interview with the newspaper VIEW noted that it is not necessary to condemn the country, decided not to hold a parade. According to him, in each case, they have their reasons for it.
“The reasons may be different: from Mercantile – just not enough money for organization or travel is not to what – to the ideological, says the Deputy. – It is everyone’s business. I want to remind that we, too, are not from the Victory Day began to be widely noted. Immediately after the war, the holiday was not celebrated, parades were not carried out. And after the death of Stalin all began”.
Particularly, the Kalashnikov has stayed in Belarus. He is sure that in this country about the war no one forgot, and could not forget – in the Great Patriotic war killed almost every third Belarusian, and they are probably even more than we, must feel the bitterness of loss.”
The Chairman of the Committee on international Affairs said that very often comes to Belarus and sees the memory of the war there dedicated to a lot of events, and in General the level of patriotism in the Republic is very high.
“And we in Russia over the past 25 years this patriotism is lost. And such us parades and festivals are now, perhaps, is most needed”, the politician concluded.
In Russia, public holidays and commemorative events will be held in many cities of the country. But main, of course, in Moscow. The night before on the red square took place the next rehearsal of the Victory parade.
May 9 there will be a solemn March with the participation of about 10 thousand soldiers and cadets and over 100 pieces of equipment, including cars “Tiger” tanks, “Armata”, BMP and BTR “Kurganets” and “boomerang”, self-propelled howitzers “Msta-s” anti-aircraft missile systems “Buk-M2”, antiaircraft missile-gun complexes “Pantsir-s” missile complexes “YARS”, self-propelled artillery system “Coalition”, etc.
Regarding the invitation to the parade of leaders of other countries from the Kremlin’s position is as follows: foreign managers this year specifically not invited, but foreign guests still will be, said the Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov.
The Immortal regiment March in Moscow will begin on may 9 in 15 hours at the metro station “Dinamo”. Last year, the main column was headed by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. And in the same promotions in all the cities of the country was attended by about 12 million people.Related posts: