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May092011

Russia Celebrates Annual Victory Day with Military Parade

Mark Harris/Photodisc/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- The Russian military celebrated Victory Day, the annual commemoration of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany, on Monday.

The event involved upwards of 20,000 uniformed men parading alongside missiles. The troops sported new uniforms introduced earlier this year.

President Dmitri Medvedev spoke at the ceremony, reminding citizens that Russia's military might serves "global stability."

Victory Day was first celebrated at Stalin's behest on June 24, 1945.

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