Throughout Russia this week, large military parades with lots of interesting hardware were showcased as the country celebrated the anniversary of victory in World War II.
The 74th annual parade, held on May 8, commemorates the end of WWII in Europe in 1945. Across the world’s largest country on Wednesday were held no less than 30 large events with the biggest show taking place in Moscow’s Red Square.
The Russian Ministry of Defense last month signed a contract to deliver 150,000 AK-12 and AK-15s over the next three years. Kalashnikov Concern noted that this week’s event marked the platform’s first appearance at the annual parade.
Away from the glitter of Red Square, more standard SKS-45s, with the traditional 1950s dark birch stocks, were sighted.
Meanwhile, one of the neatest smaller events was held in Kola Bay near Murmansk in the Russian Arctic. There a recreation of the Petsamo-Kirkenes offensive of 1944 was staged complete with not only a T-34 and DP-28-armed bike but also all sorts of other vintage hardware to include Mosins and PPSh SMGs.
In all, the Russian military had 57,000 troops, 1,500 vehicles and 139 aircraft on parade duty this week.
More photos here if you are curious.