Moscow: Newly-inaugurated President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday presided over Russia’s annual display of military power as thousands of troops marched across Red Square to mark victory in World War II.
Two days after Putin’s swearing-in, over 14,000 servicemen paraded across the famous cobbles accompanied by nuclear-capable missiles to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
Putin watched from the stands alongside his new Prime Minister and former president Dmitry Medvedev, who had been confirmed in his post just the day earlier to cement a job swap scheme first announced in September. The last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, was among those watching the parade. (AFP)