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WorldAsiaRegions cut VE Day holiday schedule due to security threats

Regions cut VE Day holiday schedule due to security threats

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Tverskayaoblast.rf Russia

As part of the drone attack on the Kremlin, the number of Russian regions where traditional Victory Day military parades have been canceled this year has jumped to double digits. Citizen safety has become a priority for authorities, and parades have been canceled in many parts of the Central Federal District (CFD) south and southwest of Moscow, as well as in a few others, such as Pskov, Saratov and Tyumen regions.

According to Kommersant, the city authorities will not abandon the main celebration. According to the plan, Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak at the parade, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The governor of the Bryansk region, Alexander Bogomaz, said that the main thing is the safety of citizens and that it is impossible to hold a parade with a solemn procession of parade crews. The governor of the Lipetsk region, Igor Artamonov, also announced a “difficult decision”, indicating that the security forces “have information about possible provocations”. There will also be no parade in the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions.

Governor of Kaluga region Vyacheslav Shapsha and head of Orel region Andrey Klychkov announced their decision to cancel the parades on April 24 and 29, respectively. In the Ryazan region, the cancellation of the parade was not officially announced, however, it was not indicated in the program of the May 9 celebration. The celebration in the Tula region is also in question: the region’s culture minister, Tatyana Rybkina, told reporters on May 3 that information about it would be released separately to citizens.

Authorities in Crimea and Sevastopol were the first to announce the cancellation of the parades. They also urge citizens not to succumb to “Kyiv-inspired provocations”. On April 21, the head of the Tyumen region, Alexander Moor, announced the cancellation of the traditional format to celebrate Victory Day. Subsequently, the Pskov region joined the number of regions that refused the parade.

On the same day, Surgut Mayor Andrey Filatov announced that parades and processions were canceled throughout the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug. On May 2, a similar decision was made public by the governor of the Saratov region, Roman Busargin, explaining it by “security considerations”. Parades will be held in some areas, but not everywhere. For example, in the Krasnodar Territory – only in the heroic city of Novorossiysk, but in the capital of Kuban it will not.

The Kaliningrad region also planned a parade in the regional center, while in the town of Gusev, where the headquarters of the Baltic Fleet Army Corps is located, the parade was canceled. In the Stavropol Territory, rehearsals for future celebrations have already taken place twice in Stavropol and Pyatigorsk.

According to the publication, the event will be held in several Russian cities, including St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Smolensk, Yaroslavl, Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Cheboksary, Ulyanovsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Chita, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Kazan, Izhevsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Astrakhan, Volgograd, Penza, Samara, Orenburg, Kirov and Yekaterinburg.

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