Standing atop Lenin’s mausoleum in Moscow’s Red Square, Boris Yeltsin this morning reviewed a parade of 7,000 servicemen to mark the anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany. No tanks or other military hardware were on display but, for the first time since the breakup of the USSR, the Soviet victory flag (a red flag with a gold star instead of the hammer and sickle) was flown alongside Russia’s post-independence tricolor. Supporters of Communist candidate Gennady Zyuganov are holding a separate parade in Moscow today. (BBC World Service, May 9) Later today, Yeltsin is scheduled to fly to the city of Volgograd — scene of the battle of Stalingrad, which marked the turning point in the eastern war against Germany. There he will attend a Victory Day commemoration at the start of a three-day campaign tour of southern Russia.
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