An honour guard resplendently uniformed, stand to strict attention as the strategic missiles Topol-M pass through the Red Square during the military parade, devoted to the 63rd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.

Russia Revels in Victory Day

Two days after Vladimir Putin yielded power to his hand-picked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, the Russians revive the Soviet-era tradition of parading symbols of the nations's military prowess across Red Square

Get the Latest Photos from
Get TIME photos and pictures of the week delivered directly to your inbox.