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In photos: Russia celebrates Victory Day

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Published : May 12, 2018, 12:03 pm IST
Updated : May 21, 2018, 12:07 pm IST
Victory Day is a holiday that commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945. t was first inaugurated in the 16 republics of the Soviet Union, following the signing of the German Instrument of Surrender late in the evening on 8 May 1945. (Photos: AP)
Victory Day is a holiday that commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945. t was first inaugurated in the 16 republics of the Soviet Union, following the signing of the German Instrument of Surrender late in the evening on 8 May 1945. (Photos: AP)
The German Instrument of Surrender was signed twice. Initially, it was signed in Reims on 7 May 1945 by Alfred Jodl (chief of staff of the German OKW) for Germany, Walter Bedell Smith, on behalf of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, and Ivan Susloparov, on behalf of the Soviet High Command. A second surrender ceremony was organized in a surviving manor in the outskirts of Berlin late on 8 May. (Photo: AP)
The German Instrument of Surrender was signed twice. Initially, it was signed in Reims on 7 May 1945 by Alfred Jodl (chief of staff of the German OKW) for Germany, Walter Bedell Smith, on behalf of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, and Ivan Susloparov, on behalf of the Soviet High Command. A second surrender ceremony was organized in a surviving manor in the outskirts of Berlin late on 8 May. (Photo: AP)
Fireworks explode over the Kremlin during celebrations marking 73 years since the end of WWII and the defeat of Nazi Germany. (Photo: AP)
Fireworks explode over the Kremlin during celebrations marking 73 years since the end of WWII and the defeat of Nazi Germany. (Photo: AP)
The Soviet government announced the victory early on 9 May after the signing ceremony in Berlin. Though the official inauguration occurred in 1945 the holiday became a non-labour day only in 1965 and only in certain Soviet republics. (Photo: AP)
The Soviet government announced the victory early on 9 May after the signing ceremony in Berlin. Though the official inauguration occurred in 1945 the holiday became a non-labour day only in 1965 and only in certain Soviet republics. (Photo: AP)
Fireworks explode over the Kremlin during celebrations marking 73 years since the end of WWII and the defeat of Nazi Germany, in Moscow, Russia. (Photo: AP)
Fireworks explode over the Kremlin during celebrations marking 73 years since the end of WWII and the defeat of Nazi Germany, in Moscow, Russia. (Photo: AP)
A tourist takes a photo as fireworks explode over the Kremlin during celebrations. (Photo: AP)
A tourist takes a photo as fireworks explode over the Kremlin during celebrations. (Photo: AP)
Fireworks explode over the Kremlin during celebrations marking 73 years since the end of WWII and the defeat of Nazi Germany. (Photo: AP)
Fireworks explode over the Kremlin during celebrations marking 73 years since the end of WWII and the defeat of Nazi Germany. (Photo: AP)
Two men, one of them in a WWII military uniform, play accordions as people listen near the Kremlin during celebrations marking 73 years since the end of WWII and the defeat of Nazi Germany, in Moscow. (Photo: AP)
Two men, one of them in a WWII military uniform, play accordions as people listen near the Kremlin during celebrations marking 73 years since the end of WWII and the defeat of Nazi Germany, in Moscow. (Photo: AP)

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