Putin sets June 24 for Victory Day Parade
Vladimir Putin decreed that the parade celebrating Victory Day will take place next month and ordered the Russian military to hold the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II on June 24. Putin justified the decision by saying that the number of new coronavirus cases has remained steady at less than 10,000 in recent days.
“I order the start of preparations for the military parade... in Moscow and other cities. We’ll do it on June 24,” Putin said. He added that the Immortal Regiment, in which participants march with portraits of relatives who fought in WWII, will be held on July 26 unless new health risks emerge. The parade was originally supposed to take place on May 9, but was postponed because of the pandemic.