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Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany

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Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, war veterans and cadets watch a military parade in Red Square on Victory Day in Moscow. May 9, 2011 is the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany.

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Two World War II veterans decorated with medals chat to each other during the Victory Parade in Red Square, Moscow.

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A Russian war veteran dances during Victory Day celebrations in the far eastern city of Vladivostok.

Tens of thousands of granite-faced soldiers marched in lockstep across Red Square Monday in Russia's annual Victory Day display of military might, while President Dmitry Medvedev said the country is committed to peace and global stability.

The parade, marking the surrender of Nazi Germany in World War II, is the centerpiece of Russia's most solemn secular holiday, both commemorating the Soviet Union's enormous sacrifices in the war and asserting the potency of its modern military. Continue reading.