Friday, May 9, 2008

Soviets Conjure Up Images of the Motherland, Show Off Weaponry

Dmitry Medvedev was sworn in Wednesday as Russia's new President:
Forced out of the presidency by constitutional term limits, Putin on Wednesday handed off his title to a longtime protégé, Dmitry Medvedev, who in turn nominated his old boss as prime minister.


Putin's nomination never was in doubt. His party, United Russia, holds more than three-quarters of the Duma seats.

Thursday's debate was the final, theatrical exercise in the long-guaranteed ascension to the job he chose for himself.

Sworn in on Wednesday, appoint Putin on Thursday, and on Friday conjure up memories of Old Motherland in the international community:

Russia celebrated Victory Day today with a show of military might not seen since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The annual parade marks the victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, and remembers almost 27 million Soviets who perished in World War II. Russia has not displayed heavy weaponry at the parade in Red Square since 1990.


It was Putin who, before stepping down as president, ordered generals to revive the Soviet-era tradition of driving tanks, howitzers and missile launchers through Red Square on May 9.

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