On Wednesday, the Kremlin indicated that the possibility of cancelling the parade dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe was on the table, but that no final decision had been made.
The Russian military has instituted a series of precautionary measures to ensure the health of the officers and servicemen training for the grandiose parade set to be held on Red Square on May 9 – the centerpiece of Russia’s celebration of the Soviet victory against Nazi Germany in the Great Patriot War.
Speaking to Russian business newspaper RBC, a Defence Ministry spokesperson revealed that these measures include an in-depth medical examination of each and every soldier, instructions on personal hygiene, and regular medical observation for all those involved, including temperature checkups three times daily.
Furthermore, soldiers from other countries taking part in the parade, including troops from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, will be subject to comprehensive quarantine measures, as well as an in-depth medical examination in their country of origin. After arriving in Russia, they will be quarantined a second time for a two week period, just in case.
According to the military, notwithstanding these COVID-19-related measures, preparations are continuing as planned, with parade participants housed in military units of the Moscow Garrison and the Defence Ministry’s educational institutions….