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Putin puts Russia on lockdown, May 9 Victory Day postponed (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at Russia’s lockdown in an effort to deal with the five day rise in Covid-19 cases, leading to the postponement of the May 9 Victory Day parade.

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Via RT…

Holding planned commemorations of the 75th anniversary of Soviet Russia’s World War Two victory over Nazi Germany, across the country, would be too risky with Covid-19 spreading nationwide, President Vladimir Putin has said.

As a result, he has postponed the events until after the current coronavirus crisis has eased. The celebrations on May 9 were expected to be a major date in Russia, with military parades and other public gatherings planned throughout the country, and world leaders set to descend on Moscow.

However, proceeding under the cloud of coronavirus would be too great a risk to public health, Putin acknowledged on Thursday.

“The coronavirus-related risks do not give me the right to be preparing for the [V-Day] celebrations,” Putin said, at the beginning of the Russian Security Council meeting.

He added that he’s instructing the Defense Minister and local authorities to “postpone preparations for the military parade on Red Square and regional parades.”

While giving no new date for V-Day celebrations, the president gave an assurance that they will take place this year.

We will certainly hold all the events planned for May 9 during 2020… There will be the main parade on Moscow’s Red Square and the Immortal Regiment march. They will certainly happen.

Putin’s move came the day after veterans’ groups asked for the Moscow parade to rescheduled. All of Russia’s surviving WW2 heroes are now over 90-years-old, and in the demographic most vulnerable to Covid-19.

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Olivia Kroth
April 18, 2020

Better healthy in Moscow than sick in France ….

Olivia Kroth
April 18, 2020

TASS: Victory Parade to be held later this year, senate speaker says — A new date will be announced within days — MOSCOW, April 16. /TASS/. A military parade on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazism will certainly be held this year. The country’s leadership will pick a date in the near future, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said on Thursday. “I can say with certainty and promise to you that a parade on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Victory, our great Victory, will certainly take place this year. It will be… Read more »

Anthony Enos Wicher
April 19, 2020

Parades are one thing – like sporting events and other inessential gatherings – but are healthy people going to be allowed to go to work?

John Lindsay Hagan
John Lindsay Hagan
April 19, 2020

I hve great difficulty in submitting links, posts or even joining the duran.
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Is there some minor problem is is it universal. If the second then it is sad as you have two great journalists.

John Lindsay Hagan
John Lindsay Hagan
April 19, 2020

I already did

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