Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the Victory Day military parade at Moscow's Red Square on May 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO
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Russia showed off new machines of war, including a highly sophisticated tank, on Saturday in the annual Victory Day military parade through Red Square that marks the surrender of Nazi Germany and the Red Army's key role in the defeat.Victory Day is Russia's most important secular holiday, both commemorating the Soviet Union's huge suffering in the war and highlighting Russia's portrayal of itself as a force for peace and security. This year's parade, on the 70th anniversary of the surrender, was the biggest military parade since the Soviet Union's collapse.
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