Today, May 9, Russia celebrates the victory over Nazi Germany, while remembering those who died in order to achieve it. Victory Day (День Победы Den Pobedy) is by far one of the biggest Russian holidays. It commemorates those who died in WWII (we call “The Great Patriotic War”) and pays tribute to survivors and veterans. The Soviet Union lost more soldiers and civilians during the war than any other country. With 30 million dead (THIRTY MILLION), cities in ruins, its economy wrecked, the day the war ended has a special meaning for Russia. This is the most sacred public holiday.

Мы не должны забывать, какой ценой была достигнута наша победа, какой ценой был сохранен мир.