President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said that the risks associated with the coronavirus do not give him the right to prepare for the celebration of Victory Day on May 9. The head of state said this on April 16, during an online meeting of the security Council.
"The risks associated with the coronavirus do not give me the right to prepare for the celebration of May 9," Vladimir Putin said. The President instructed to change the schedule and postpone preparations for the Victory parade. In addition, all mass events to mark the 75th anniversary of the Victory should be postponed.
The day of celebration of the end of the Great Patriotic war and the victory of the Soviet army is celebrated annually on May 9 in Russia, the CIS countries and many others. Festive events often include folk festivals, military parades, fireworks, and themed performances.
An important tradition of the holiday was the "Immortal Regiment" campaign, which covered the whole world. On this day, people take to the streets with portraits of their relatives who fought and follow a pre-arranged route, sing military songs or pay silent tribute to the memory of the fallen heroes.
The "Immortal Regiment" has been held annually since 2012. Every year, the number of countries where the "Immortal Regiment" marches is increasing.