Paying homage to those who died in what the Russians call the Great Patriotic War, President Vladimir Putin has been taking part in a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Russian capital Moscow. The 1941-1945 war claimed 21 million Russian lives.
After a wreath-laying ceremony at the Aleksandrovsky Garden near the Kremlin wall, Putin laid flowers at the monuments lining the wall dedicated to former Soviet cities where major fighting took place. The president also took time to talk to war veterans. Events marking the end of World War Two will continue tomorrow as Russians traditionally celebrates Victory Day a day after Europe on May 9th.