Moscow Victory Day Parade Postponed By Putin
17 April, 2020
An elderly woman wearing a protective face mask walks in front of a giant poster reading 'The Victory 1945-2020' in Moscow, Russia, 27 March 2020. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that the World War 2 Victory Day parade, usually held on May 9 in Moscow, will be postponed due to “risks connected with the coronavirus,” reports Novaya Gazeta. 

Putin ordered that the schedule for Victory Day celebration be changed around the country, but said that Victory Day celebration will be held in 2020. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Second World War.

Unlike Russia, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko did not cancel the planned Victory Day parade in Minsk on May 9, in line with Lukashenko’s earlier policies of doing nothing to protect Belarus from the coronavirus. Lukashenko has made statements indicating that he believes that coronavirus is not a threat, and the country is one of the few to not have instituted an official quarantine.