8 May 1945, 11.01 pm: a war ends after five years, eight months and seven days leaving Russia exhausted and with an enormous human sacrifice of 28 millions dead. Since then, Den' Pobedy, the v-day over nazism, has been celebrated every 9th of May.
Seventy years have passed, but the atmosphere in Moscow is the same as at that time; it seems to live that far 1945 again. During the post-communist years, the celebration of a tragedy that stroke every family has become a sort of revenge, a moment of national communion where the vast majority of Russians feels moved and proud.
Pobeda ("victory") is the story of a very important anniversary with the most impressive parade of contemporary Russia: 16.000 russian soldiers, 1.300 from ten foreign countries, 200 armoured vehicles and 150 battle airplanes and helicopters. Classical celebrations are then performed with veterans' meetings in parks and squares, speeches, conferences, parties and fireworks in the evening.