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In pictures: Immortal Regiment procession staged in Minsk

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(BelaPAN Photo/Syarhey Satsyuk)

A crowd estimated at up to 1,000 people walked about one hundred yards in what was called an Immortal Regiment procession in downtown Minsk on May 9, carrying portraits of relatives who took part in the Soviet Union's Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany.

Some participants were carrying red flags and images of Joseph Stalin.

The crowd was allowed to enter Independence Avenue and walk to the Victory Obelisk in Victory Square after an official wreath-laying ceremony featuring Alyaksandr Lukashenka was over.

As one of the organizers of the procession, Leanid Shkolnikaw, told BelaPAN before the event, they wanted to walk from Yakub Kolas Square to Victory Square, but the city government only allowed them to march from the Museum of the First Congress of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party to the Victory Obelisk.

“It will be a short march, but this is a compromise,” Mr. Shkolnikaw said.





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