A Bittersweet Celebration

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WINNING SIDE: In Moscow, soldiers rehearse for this year's parade, 60 years after Russia's first V-E day

It was, Vladimir Putin said last week, "the triumph of civilization over fascism." In Russia, May 9 marks the 60th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany — an event that in Western Europe is marked the day before — and Russia is going all out to celebrate. Leaders, from U.S. President George W. Bush to Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, are expected to come to Moscow for a military parade in Red Square, flyovers by World War II-era fighter planes and, organizers promise, a "stupendous" fireworks display. But for security reasons, ordinary Muscovites are not invited; instead, they've been encouraged...

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