Eight million people take to streets in Russia for Immortal Regiment events

May 9, 2017 TASS
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Putin takes part in ‘Immortal Regiment’ march. Source: Kremlin.ru

The ‘Immortal Regiment’ events commemorating those who fought during the Second World War have united eight million people across Russia, twice more than last year’s marches, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Irina Volk told TASS on May 9.

"More than 2,000 events have taken place in Russian cities and towns within the framework of the ‘Immortal Regiment’ march," she said.

‘Immortal Regiment’ march ends in Moscow with record 850,000 participants. / Photo: Kremlin.ru‘Immortal Regiment’ march ends in Moscow with record 850,000 participants. / Photo: Kremlin.ru

"The ‘Immortal Regiment’ ranks have been joined by 7.8 million people throughout Russia."

In 2016, the ‘Immortal Regiment’ marches saw 6.2 million people, she said.

The ‘Immortal Regiment’ march in Moscow. / Photo: Kremlin.ruThe ‘Immortal Regiment’ march in Moscow. / Photo: Kremlin.ru

In Moscow, 850,000 people hit the streets for the commemorative event, breaking last year’s record.

The ‘Immortal Regiment’ march is an annual event dedicated to the victory in Great Patriotic War that claimed lives of 26.6 million Soviet people, both soldiers and civilians. During the march, people carry portraits of their relatives who fought or died during the war. Since 2015, the ‘Immortal Regiment’ march has been held in Russia and in other countries.

People carry  portraits of their relatives who fought during the war. / Photo: Kremlin.ruPeople carry portraits of their relatives who fought during the war. / Photo: Kremlin.ru

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