9 May 2008

Back to the USSR

Russian soldiers march during a Victory Day Parade on Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2008.

BBC NEWS - In pictures: Russia's V-Day parade

Russian tanks and intercontinental missile launchers have been paraded through Moscow for the first time since the collapse of the USSR.

The Russian leadership has decided to revive the Communist-era custom of featuring military hardware in the annual Victory Day parade.

New President Dmitry Medvedev said the army and navy were getting stronger.

Observers say the point of the parade was to demonstrate that Russia is a serious military force.  BBC