Reportage: Russian Reception to Celebrate the End of WWII

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Fighting Nazism in the West and militarism in the East – the Russians certainly have more reasons than most to celebrate the end of World War Two.


 

On May 7th, Russian Consul General Mr Vladimir A Kalinin hosted a reception to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory of World War Two.

Guests from the Russian and diplomat communities were tying the ribbon of St. George which portrays black and orange stripes to pay tribute to those who lost their lives fighting against Nazism and militarism (or as a patriotic symbol). A video clip displaying photos of Russian patriots in the war was shown.

The guest of honour, Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing, announced that the HKSAR will also organise a series of activities, including “official commemoration, exhibitions, talks, seminars, film shows, book displays and visits to remains”, to commemorate the victory of the Chinese war of resistance against Japanese aggression. Tsang was rather enjoying the event as he had several vodka toasts and Russian desserts with Mr Kalinin after the speech.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin staged a “historical” victory day parade with some 15,000 soldiers, 200 military equipment and 150 aircraft marching and flying over the Red Square. Chinese President Xi Jinping also attended the parade.

Fighting Nazism in the West and militarism in the East – the Russians certainly have more reasons than most to celebrate the end of World War Two.