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Proud (2003 - 2012) (43 images)

On May 9, 2010 Russia celebrated the 65th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War (WWII). Between June 22, 1941 and May 9, 1945 more than 26 million Soviet citizens lost their lives. On the other hand it yielded the survivors an increased political influence for the Soviet empire and a respectable number of medals on their chest. 65 years later the veterans still show off proudly their decorations during parades and official meetings.