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Russian readers' reaction

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev attend a Victory Day Parade in Red Square, Moscow

Readers in Russia have been sending their views on an eventful week in their country, with Dmitry Medvedev sworn in as president, Vladimir Putin confirmed as prime minister and a massive display of military hardware in Moscow for Friday's Victory Day parade.

Read their comments below.


It's a great show for the holiday. I remember how I wanted to see the real tanks on Red Square when I was a little boy. Now I hope it will help our kids to remember what we are celebrating on this day.
Igor, Moscow, Russia

This is not dangerous. It is tradition and national pride. Congratulations to Russia on the anniversary of the victory over Nazism!
Vladimir, Rostov-na-Donu, Russia

I think it is a very good thing that Russia keeps the memory of this great struggle and the ultimate victory alive. Let those who gave all never be forgotten.
TC Clark, St Petersburg, Russia

I'm so proud of my country and of the victory! I remember my grandfather who marched from Odessa to Berlin during the war and left his signature in the Reichstag in May 1945. The Parade was good. So nice to see the veterans, a living evidence of our glorious victory.
Elizaveta, Saint-Petersburg,Russia

I salute all our forefathers who lost their lives to let us live. Let their glory be never forgotten, as we remember. It's a pity that some are speculating on the political significance of this day. It's a day to remember the great victory of the Soviet nation.
Tolissimus, St Petersburg, Russia

I think that by and large, Russians should learn to embrace the inevitable change of globalisation and start putting less emphasis on "victory". There is scarcely anywhere in the world where this kind of purported victory is celebrated. For sustainable growth and peace, the ideology should be: no victor, no vanquished.
Janus Oyelele, Moscow, Russia

I'm very proud of my motherland. The 9th of May is a holiday and an opportunity, not to display the power of the Russian weaponry, but a tribute to the victims who died for our country, for our freedom, and national pride.
Sergey G, Moscow, Russia

Why not have tanks? Other countries often have processions that are accompanied by fighter planes. The Queen of England has her own armed guards displaying their best. So why shouldn't Russia be allowed to have a procession with tanks? As usual, a big fuss over nothing.
Vadim Smith, Moscow, Russia

I'm not a Putin fan. But I don't think that the Victory Day parade is just a show of military force. There are more obvious ways to demonstrate one's military strength than showing ballistic missiles and tanks on the main square. Victory Day is the only true public holiday for me personally and the parade is a great tradition. Because you actually understand what you are celebrating, you have great respect for it.
Alexander, Moscow

The Victory parade is a big event for Russian people. It's not just a large military display, as seen on Red Square. Tonight promises to be a big party in the parks and homes of many people.
Tim Youngs, Moscow

I just returned from the Victory Day parade! It was a positive, carnival type atmosphere permeating the city rather than an ominous one. Cheering crowds lined the streets everywhere with their mobile phones and digital cameras out to record every passing ICBM, tank and jet. Two things seem to drive Russia forward today - money and a re-instilled pride. The parade seemed primarily designed to invigorate the latter, but with global arms sales booming it's hard to believe the government didn't have half an eye on the former too. I don't think that the parade was intended to present a threatening stance. Rather, I think Russians greatly appreciate their nation's return to the status of a global power and this was an expression of that. Projected strength is a sure-fire way to win popularity here.
Justin N, Moscow, Russia


This event - a change of president without force - is a milestone for Russia. I hope that the new president will continue to increase the quality of life of ordinary Russians.
Anton, Moscow

I think Medvedev will do his best. I am sure he will be able to earn the support of Russian citizens. He needs time to prove his skills and abilities. Right now he is under the shadow of Putin - but this situation will not last forever.
Igor, Ussuriysk, Russia

During his first term Medvedev will be more or less dependent on Putin. This is completely normal and happens everywhere in the world. But I am sure that in four years Medvedev will become an independent and very powerful figure. Remember that when Putin was first elected there was a kind of transition period. Medvedev does respect Western values of freedom and democracy. So it will be easier for Westerners to understand him.
Seroff, Moscow, Russia

It is a fantastic day for the democracy in Russia. For the first time in decades the Russian Federation has got its act together. People are tired of revolutions bankrolled by the pseudo-democracies of the West. Give us a chance to live in dignity and prosperity!
Max, Nizhniy Novgorod

If Medvedev carries on with Putin's policies, as seems likely, then the future will be bright for Russia and Russian's. The economy is booming and there are real estate and commercial developments sprining up across the country, along infrastructure upgrades and expansion. Long may it last!
John Walsh, Moscow, Russia


Re-phrasing Shakespeare, Russia is one of the nations that has democracy thrust upon 'em. For centuries our political views, or rather lack of them, have been expressed by a proverb 'God is high above, the Tzar is far away'. So if our president is to resign we will vote for a candidate he will hint at. Mr Putin has hinted at Mr Medvedev. So who Mr Medvedev is, is immaterial.
Mergen Mongush, Moscow, Russia

It seems we're back in the Soviet era, when there were no free elections and everybody knew the name of the next leader before he was appointed. Putin and his crew elected a successor themselves and made the majority of people vote for him through the influence on the mass media - 80% of the TV news coverage was devoted to Medvedev. It is sad to see Russia sliding back into Communism.
Olga, Moscow

So sad to read about "landslide victory"... we have neither free elections in Russia nor opposition views in mass-media. Medvedev has been made president. Maybe he is talented, but he has never been a head of party, parliament, government or corporation.
Vadim Yurkov, Saint Petersburg

To be honest, I do not think a lot will change in the Medvedev era, apart from growing disrespect for the fundamental rights of the common people in the society. But having watched the ceremony, I find it quite interesting to see how sad Mr Putin was. It makes one wonder why - if everything has gone as planned. It will be quite interesting to observe Mr Putin's behaviour at the forthcoming parade this Friday.
Toli, Moscow

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