Gallery: Victory Day parade in Moscow 2013

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Every year on May 9th, Moscow’s Red Square hosts a Victory Day parade to mark the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945 and the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Tanks and heavy artillery roll across the cobbles while infantry and other military personnel march through the famous square – flanked by world famous landmarks such as the domed St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, the GUM department store and Moscow’s State Historic Museum.

As is customary, sitting president Vladimir Putin attended the parade – and downed 100 grams of vodka (equivalent to four standard UK measures), which was the standard ration for a Soviet soldier during the conflict.

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