Russia and other former Soviet republics mark the end of World War II, which they call the Great Patriotic War, with the holiday. At a parade in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin sounded rousing themes of suffering, perseverance and greatness.
May 9, 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks as he celebrates Victory Day at Red Square in Moscow. Putin’s message echoed in the hurrahs of 11,000 servicemen and cadets who marched across the cobblestones outside the Kremlin for the national holiday’s annual parade. The day commemorates the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany 68 years ago. Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images Buy Photo