Victory Day

Victory Day, celebrated in Russia each year on 9 May, marks the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War. In Saint Petersburg, thousands line Nevsky Prospect — the city’s main boulevard — as veterans and their families lead a parade. Hundreds of thousands walk the length of the street carrying photographs of relatives that died during the war. On the fringes and in side streets, girls mingle with cadets and street traders sell merchandise that evokes not only Russia’s past, but also — in the eyes of some — aspects of a possible future.

Using Format