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75-Year Victory Day celebration over a Russia in quarantine [Video]

Air Parade provides a point of togetherness that also reveals significance of pandemic

One cannot resist thinking that this Victory Day scene is a bit post-apocalyptic. The sight of the yearly military air parade over Moscow was a welcome sight as I watched several formations of fighter planes and a single Tupolev bomber fly over my home in southeastern Moscow. Tuning in to RT’s “Ruptly” service online yielded a video presented here in full:

The seventy-fifth anniversary of the 1945 victory of the Soviet Union over the forces of Hitler’s Nazi Germany were planned to be be big, no doubt. However, no one planned on participating in a worldwide pandemic, indeed, a pandemic that may be to some degree fabricated and blown out of proportion by people desperately trying to prevent Donald Trump from being reelected this year, probably because he wants to develop good relations with Russia. We will have more on that later, of course.

However, the pandemic is real enough that most of the world is following restrictive measures as indicated by the World Health Organization or similar authorities, and Russia, China’s closest ally, is among the nations experiencing a severe and protracted shutdown. This helped change the organization of the event to a much more muted event, oddly very touching, as this year, President Vladimir Putin read his speech next to the Eternal Flame just outside the Kremlin walls, rather than on the stage before a huge crowd of military and civilian observers.

There were some very interesting sights, which no doubt the US intelligence services will try to study, such as four Kinzhal hypersonic weapons, each shown mounted to its launch platform, the super-fast MiG-31 interceptor:

Flight of MiG-31’s over Moscow on Victory Day, each plane carrying a Kinzhal hypersonic missile.

The air squadron planes were themselves laden with cameras for some stunning in-flight perspectives:

And this sequence, which is so amazing that the immediate question for many people might be the one I had: How did they DO this?

I looked over and over again for either a drone or some evidence of a camera being dragged that could do this. I could not see the apparatus used so I do not know how it was accomplished, assuming the images are real and not computer generated (If your video player starts at the beginning of the presentation, go to time marker [37:25]).

It is not possible to gauge the mood of all of Russia or even of Moscow. Since it is not possible to travel freely around the city right now, we are presented with these images in a real sense of at least “neighborhood” isolation. But the people visible outside my window seemed to be very interested as the planes flew over us (we are below the flight path of some of the fighter and bomber squadrons), and there seems to be a quiet optimism and pride about the nation keeping its yearly tradition in something like its usual form.

A large Russian military helicopter flies overhead on Victory Day with the symbol of Imperial Russia showing in the foreground.

The “real” Victory Day celebration has been delayed until sometime after the pandemic is considered “over” and the rhythm of life returns to normal. However, the air parade today was no doubt welcomed by a great many people. It is a sight many of us could physically share in common, and not just online, though the presence of this video material online was maximized to be a great patriotic inspiration.

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Carol Crumlish
Carol Crumlish
May 10, 2020

This brings tears to my eyes remembering the immense suffering and sacrifice that the Russian people experienced, and that is so little appreciated here in the US.

Olivia Kroth
July 6, 2020

Yes! General Shoigu presiding again over the glorious spectacle. General Shoigu, Russian Defence Minister, who never served a single day of his life in the Armed Forces.

Olivia Kroth
July 6, 2020

Wow! Such a great spectacle! But the nasty Moscow Times lets us know what it cost: “Extra public holidays introduced by the Russian government for the delayed Victory Day parade and the constitutional referendum could have cost the Russian economy more than $5 billion, analysts told The Moscow Times. The additional hit from the Kremlin-backed shutdowns comes as Russia’s economy is already set for a sharp recession and two years of lost growth as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The midweek holidays required the Russian economy to be ground to a halt, just as Russia had begun to restart… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 6, 2020

The Moscow Times likes to spoil all of the fun! Instead of being happy about the great show, they are finicky to calculate how much it all cost the Russian workers, employees and entrepreneurs.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 6, 2020

Maybe the state oligarchs, the state grifters, could have helped out, chipping in a few billions? Or were they not available, gone away on this great public holiday, shippering around on their yachts? The poor people stayed home and watched the spectacle on TV.

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