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Russia's WWII victory myth debunked: audio report

11.05.2022 17:00
Military parades took place across Russia earlier this week as the country marked the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany with traditional Victory Day celebrations. 
Russian President Vladimir Putin (centre) attends a Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on Monday, May 9, 2022.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (centre) attends a Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on Monday, May 9, 2022.Photo: EPA/MIKHAIL METZEL via PAP

The holiday dates back to the end of World World II, but it has undergone a dramatic upgrade during the presidency of Vladimir Putin.

Since coming to power at the turn of the millennium, Putin has transformed veneration of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany into something close to a religious cult and has placed it at the heart of modern Russian national identity.

More on this from our Ukraine correspondent Halyna Pastushuk, who is currently based in Poland.

Click on the audio player above to listen.