Today Russia celebrates its biggest public holiday, Victory Day, with a military parade in Moscow that was meant to be held on 9 May.
President Vladimir Putin reluctantly postponed the big annual celebration because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It is 75 years since the then USSR defeated Nazi Germany. World War Two (WW2) cost more than 20 million Soviet lives.
Moscow’s lockdown has eased this month, enabling the parade, featuring tanks and long-range missiles, to go ahead.
The annual parade in Red Square – starting this year at 10:00 (07:00 GMT) – is always an occasion for President Putin to harness Russian patriotic feelings, in a way reminiscent of Soviet times.