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8 May, 2015 14:10

Parade Relay: RT to air live Victory Day commemorations from across Russia

The Parade Relay is the latest in RT’s series of special projects dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War, as its theater of WWII is known.

RT will air a live broadcast of Victory Day parades from all around Russia as part of an extensive project to mark the occasion. Dubbed the Parade Relay, the event will stream on RT channels and online platforms around the world in Russian, English, Spanish and Arabic on May 9.

RT will broadcast military parades live on Victory Day from Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Tyumen, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Vladivostok, St. Petersburg, Severomorsk and other Russian cities. In Sevastopol, RT will cover the land, sea and air force show. The Relay starts at 7:00 am Moscow time (4:00 am GMT) with a march in Novosibirsk.

The Parade Relay will run live on RT International, RT Arabic, RT Spanish TV channels, online on RT Russian and on RT’s YouTube channels in English, Russian, Arabic and Spanish as well.

This is the latest in RT’s special on-air and online projects dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War and the Soviet victory over the Nazi Germany in World War 2.

Living photos" retells the most significant episodes of the war through animated sketches on the basis of war-era photos and eye-witness testimonies. 3D-reconstructions of major places and events of the Great Patriotic War appears in RT studios throughout broadcasts, taking the viewer back in time to witness the War’s iconic battles – including the Battle of Stalingrad, the defense of the Brest Fortress and the Battle of Moscow. The broadcast of the RT International flagship channel will be airing in Moscow’s international press center on May 8th and 9th.

Online, RT has launched http://9may.rt.com/— a special multimedia portalavailable in English, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, French and German. The website offers historical information, unique photos, interactive battle map, and chronology of the main events of the War. It also features the complete War Witness: Heritage documentary series, with 70 veterans and survivors of the Great Patriotic War – and their descendants – offering unique testimony and reflection on the war that shaped their lives and the fate of the world.

Ahead of the Victory Day celebrations, RT together with Russia’s oldest record label Melodiya have put together a special collection of the most iconic songs from the era entitled ‘Songs of Victory’. The music inspired and carried the Soviet people through the horrors of war, and became an emotional, spiritual outlet for the people who played an important part in achieving victory.

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