MOSCOW, May 4. /TASS/. The Russian Federal Guard Service (FSO) is closing Moscow’s Red Square for the period of six days starting on Friday for all visitors due to preparations for the upcoming annual military parade on May 9, the press service of the FSO announced to TASS.
"Due to the preparations for solemn events to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 the admission to Red Square will be closed to all visitors starting 9:00 a.m. Moscow time (6:00 GMT) on May 4 and until 8:00 p.m. Moscow time (17:00 GMT) May 9," the FSO press service stated.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier that more than 13,000 troops, 159 weapon systems and 75 aircraft would take part in the military parade on Red Square in Moscow on May 9.
For the first time ever, foot formations of the Russian Defense Ministry’s military police, the Vasilevsky Military Academy of Air Defense Troops (Smolensk), a branch of the Nakhimov naval school (Sevastopol), and also two of the National Guard’s educational institutions - the Saratov Military Institute and the Sholokhov Moscow Presidential Cadet School - will march across Red Square on Victory Day.
According to the Russian defense minister, Russia’s advanced weaponry will be demonstrated for the first time at Moscow’s military parade on May 9 and will include the tank support combat vehicle Terminator, the Su-57 one-seat supersonic experimental plane, the Uran-9 combat multifunctional robotic system, the Uran-6 multipurpose mine-clearance robotic vehicle and Korsar short-range drones.