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In pictures: Russia's V-Day parade

Russian soldiers ride across Red Square in an armoured personnel carrier during a Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9, 2008.

Tanks and other military hardware have been paraded through Moscow's Red Square for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

A Russian Topol-M ICBM drives across Red Square during a Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9, 2008.

On display at the V-Day parade were weapons such as the Topol-M ballistic missile.

Russian soldiers march during a Victory Day Parade on Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2008

The annual ceremony commemorates the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945. This year the Russian leadership revived the Communist-era custom of showing off hardware.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (C) sit with WWII veterans during a Victory Day Parade on Red Square in Moscow

Dmitry Medvedev, who was inaugurated as Russia's new president on Wednesday, watched the parade alongside his predecessor, Vladimir Putin.

Russian soldiers ride across Red Square in an T-90 tank during a Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9, 2008

Soldiers goose-stepped across the square, and rode in a T-90 tank. Observers say the Russian leadership was keen to show off the country's military might.

Russian soldiers wearing WWII-era replica uniforms march across Red Square during a Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9, 2008.

The leaders insisted the event was not intended to threaten anyone. Some soldiers wore replica World War II uniforms.

 Russian soldiers march across Red Square during a Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9, 2008 carrying the flag of victory

The cobbles of Red Square had to be reinforced to cope with the tanks and other heavy weaponry.

Russian soldiers march during a Victory Day Parade on Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2008.

Commentators say that despite the show of force, the Russian army suffers from lack of money, a shortage of training, and low morale.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gives a speech during a Victory Day Parade on Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2008

But President Medvedev said Russia's army and navy were gaining strength.



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