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Russia holds annual Victory Day parade

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Fresh into their posts, President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have stood shoulder-to-shoulder at Russia’s annual Victory Day parade.

Thousands of soldiers and officers marched through Moscow’s Red Square, marking the 67th anniversary of the end of World War II.

They were followed by tanks and missile launchers, as part of the public show of military might.

Victory in Europe Day is marked by Western allies on 8 May. Russia holds commemorations a day later – the date the Nazi surrender came into effect in Moscow.

Medvedev was confirmed as prime minister on Tuesday, completing a job swap with Putin. Their continued grip on power has angered many Russians, who are demanding a change at the top.