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Thursday, 9 May, 2002, 14:11 GMT 15:11 UK
In pictures: Russia's Victory Day
Thousands of people have joined celebrations in Russia and other former Soviet states, to mark the 57th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.

But the celebrations were marred by a bomb blast that ripped through a parade in the southern Russian town of Kaspiysk, in Dagestan, killing more than 30 people and wounding 150.

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony at a Tomb of Unknown Soldier outside Moscow's Kremlin wall
On the eve of Victory Day, President Putin took part in a wreath-laying ceremony in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets veterans
He greeted World War II veterans

Actors dressed in uniforms of WWII Soviet soldiers perform at the entrance to the Kremlin
Actors dressed in uniforms of WWII Soviet soldiers performed at the entrance to the Kremlin

Russian veteran Viktor Kozlov dances outside the Kremlin in Moscow with a young woman dressed in a costume resembling a Soviet military uniform from World War II
While veterans and people wearing WWII army uniforms danced in the streets

WWII veterans dance at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow during a concert devoted to the 57th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany
There was dancing also at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow

World War II veterans, Mikhail Latsepnev, right, and Ivan Zhilenkov embrace celebrating Victory Day, with the Bolshoi Theatre in the background
Veterans embraced and congratulated each other for the victory over Nazi Germany

Russian investigators examine the site of the explosion in Dagestan
But the Dagestan blast marred the anniversary - President Putin said those who did it were like Nazis


See also:

09 May 02 | Europe
Deadly blast hits Russian parade
17 Mar 00 | Europe
The Dagestan connection
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