Russia: Hundreds of thousands join Immortal Regiment march in Moscow

Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the Immortal Regiment march in Moscow, Monday, during which participants carried portraits of those who fought in the Great Patriotic War (World War II) in commemoration of the 71st anniversary of Soviet victory over the Nazis.
Commemorators marched through the city holding banners, pictures of a relatives who fought and portraits of unknown veterans of the war. Participants gathered on Tverskaya Street before marching to the Red Square.
The Bessmertny Polk (Immortal Regiment) campaign is scheduled in dozens of cities throughout Russia and across the globe at the start of May to mark the 71th anniversary of what is known in the former Soviet Union as the Great Patriotic War. Campaign participants march with a portrait of a relative or an unknown veteran of the war through the central streets of their cities. This year more than 10 million participants are expected to take part in the event worldwide, according to the Immortal Regiment co-chairman Sergei Lapenkov.