Russian security forces have thrown a ring of steel around Moscow’s Red Square and the Kremlin as the Russian capital gears up for the sixtieth Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. Russia will host 50 world leaders today as they commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany during World War Two.
And along with the rehearsals for spectacular, Muscovites have been enjoying numerous parades and celebrations, which are taking place in the build up to the main event.
One of the highlights of the city-wide show is a restored train which carried troops from the front to Moscow at the end of the war. It has just taken the same journey again with several hundred Red Army veterans on board. Other veterans have been walking the streets carrying bouquets and being greeted by the public. Despite cloudy weather and the threat of rain, an atmosphere of celebration has descended on the city.
Crowds watched and applauded as a fleet of vessels decorated with Soviet era World War Two banners and carrying dancers and musicians sailed down the Moscow River. The flotilla released a cloud of balloons as it reached the centre of the city.