Thousands of troops in World War II uniform have marched across Moscow's Red Square in a re-enactment of a historic wartime parade.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Wednesday the 1941 parade was "a symbol of courage and faith," paving way for "the first difficult step toward victory over the Nazis."
The re-enactment featured about 5,000 troops in period uniforms, vintage T-34 tanks and other WW II weapons.
During Soviet times, annual military parades were held on November 7 to commemorate the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. The holiday was abolished in 2005, but many older Russians still celebrate it.
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