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THE VICTORY DAY PARADE IN MOSCOW (2015) * partial, switchable English subtitles *



Originally filmed in high definition, but since compressed for view on all TVs, what very little of the quality lost is amply made up for by the incredibly brilliant and vibrant colors of the scenery and soldiers of the Russian Federation on parade in Red Square on 09 May 2015, commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the defeat of Fascist Germany in the Second World War.  Once scorned and rejected in post-communist Russia, a spirit of pride and nostalgia for the USSR is very much reflected in both the uniforms and paraphernalia of the marching soldiers, as well as in the language of the defense minister, who addresses them as "tovarishchi" (comrades), but who doesn't fail to cross himself in his car prior to an inspection of the assembled troops.  There is no mistaking the praise of both the Soviet Union and its successor, the Russian Federation, in this gathering; and while Putin acknowledges the role of the West in the defeat of German and Japanese militarism, he also doesn't fail to point out that the formation of "new, military cliques" are causing regional mistrust and divisions.  Spectacular pageantry --- with a lot less talk than usual --- and even the participation of an old enemy in the parade:  Red China!  Partially subtitled, so you don't miss a minute of Vlad's subtle suggestions that the United States and NATO are the root of all evil in the world. 

DVD-R is in Russian with some partial, switchable subtitles in English.  Approx. 80 mins. total.


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