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Russia to observe minute of silence for WWII heroes

May 09, 2012, 2:19 UTC+3
The minute of silence "To the Fair Memory of the Fallen in the Great Patriotic War" is one of the most important festive and mourning rituals on the Victory Day since 1965
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MOSCOW, May 9 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia will observe a minute of silence at 07:00 p.m. Moscow time on Wednesday, May 9, for the warriors, who perished in the battles with the Nazi troops.

All federal and digital television channels and radio stations will interrupt their programs at 07:55 p.m. Moscow time in memory of the feat of the people in the Great Patriotic War. The minute of silence will be counted down after the traditional Kremlin Chimes.

The minute of silence "To the Fair Memory of the Fallen in the Great Patriotic War" is one of the most important festive and mourning rituals on the Victory Day since 1965.

The Soviet Union suffered the largest losses in the Second World War. According to official reports, the Soviet Union, which made a major contribution in the routing of the Nazism, lost 26.6 million people. The losses of the Red Army reached 8,660,400 people.

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