The Moscow Victory Day Parade in Moscow's Red Square will be held on 9 May 2013 to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945. The parade will mark the Soviet Union's victory in the Great Patriotic War on the very day on the signing of the German act of capitulation to the Allies in Berlin, on the very midnight of May 9, 1945 (Russian time). The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, will deliver his second holiday address, and it will be the first parade for both the Minister of Defense General of the Army Sergey Shoigu (parade inspector) and Russian Ground Forces commander Col. Gen. Vladimir Chirkin (parade commander) as well as the first in four years for the Suvorov Military School and the Nakhimov Naval School and the first appearance from a Cossack cadet corps unit, joining the more than 11,000 service personnel that will be marching on Red Square this year, and the return of the full air fly over after two years. The BTR82A IFV will make its parade debut this year as part of the mobile column. Sevastopol in the Ukraine, where the Black Sea Fleet is based, and 22 other Russian cities will also hold parades on this day. As per tradition Kharkiv in Ukraine also holds a full parade on this day as well.
PreparationSince November 2012, preparations for the parade have been well attended at the unit level. Individual and unit practices were held in the various military installations for all the participant units.
In March of 2013, the full rehearsal started at the training center at Alabino, Moscow Oblast. The parade preparations started on April 11-12 for all the units as the mobile column of more than a hundred military vehicles finished up their practice runs on the field. Also undertaking practice runs are the massed military bands that will take part in the parade led by no less than Lieutenant General Valery Khalilov in his 11th Victory Day Parade appearance and the squadron of Mil Mi-8 helicopters from the Army Aviation Training Center for the fly past segment later on, which will feature various other military aircraft. In all 68 aircraft are taking part after a 2 year absence.
Moscow practice runs for the parade proper commenced on April 24-26, 2013 on Red Square itself, and the practice runs ended on May 3 and 4 with two general practice runs. One final practice was scheduled for May 7, two days before the parade itself with Defense Minister Shoigu inspecting as a full final rehearsal run, starting at 10 AM Moscow Time, the time in which the parade two days later will commence. Col. Gen. Chirkin led the marchers on that day's practice run on the Red Square grounds.
15th Independent Commandant's Regiment's change of titleAs the parade practices commenced on April 11, the 154th Independent Commandant's Regiment, the official honor guard regiment of the Russian Armed Forces, joined the rehearsals as always as permanent participants, this time as the 154th Independent Commandant's Preobrazhensky Regiment, the new title bestowed on it several days ago via a Presidential executive order by no less than Vladimir Putin himself in his constitutional duty as Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. That very act was done on April 9 the same year. This entrustment of the honorary title is a continuation of the great military traditions of the Russian armed services ever since the raising of the first two regiments of the Imperial Russian Army by no less than Peter the Great himself. As always the First Honor Guard Company of the regiment's Honor Guard Battalion did well in the first rehearsal and is expected to perform better in this year's parade.
Parade Participants (full list)Bold indicates first appearance, italic indicates multiple appearances, Bold and italic indicate returning appearance.
- General of the Army Sergey Shoigu, Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation (parade inspector)
- Colonel General Vladimir Chirkin, commanding general of the Russian Ground Forces (parade commander)
- Massed Military Bands of the Armed Forces under the direction of the Senior Director of Music of the Military Bands Service of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant General Valery Khalilov
- Corps of Drums of the Moscow Military Music School
- 154th Preobrazhensky Independent Commandant's Regiment Color Guard and Honor Guard Company of the 1st Honor Guard Battalion, 154th ICR
- Suvorov Military School (returning)
- Nakhimov Naval School (returning)
- Aksanskiy Cossack Cadet Corps (first appearance)
- Combined Arms Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
- Military University of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation
- Military Academy of Materiel and Technical Security "General of the Army A. V. Khrulev" (first appearance)
- Zhukovsky – Gagarin Air Force Academy (returning)
- Peter the Great Naval Corps - St. Petersburg Naval Institute (First appearance)
- 336th Independent Naval Infantry Brigade
- Military Space Academy "Alexander Mozhaysky"
- Serpukhov Military Rocket Forces Institute (first appearance)
- Ryazan Airborne Senior Command Academy "Gen. of the Army Vasily Margelov" (returning)
- 98th Guards Airborne Division
- 29th and 38th Independent Railway Brigades of the Russian Railway Troops
- 1st NBC Coastal Brigade
- 9th Chemical Disposal Regiment
- OMSDON Ind. Motorized Internal Troops Division of the Ministry of Interal Affairs of the Russian Federation "Felix Dzerzhinsky"
- Civil Defense Academy of the Ministry of Emergency Situations
- Moscow Border Guards Institute of the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation
- 27th Independent Sevastopol Guards Motor Rifle Brigade
- 5th Independent Tamanskaya Guards Motor Rifle Brigade "Mikhail Kalinin"
- 4th Independent Kantemirovkaya Guards Tank Brigade "Yuri Andropov"
- 6th Independent Chentokhovskaya Guards Tank Brigade (first appearance)
- 288th Independent Warsaw-Brandenburg Artillery Brigade
- Military Technical University of the Federal Agency of Special Construction
- Moscow Military Commanders Training School "Supreme Soviet of Russia"
- Iveco LMV
- BTR82A (first appearance)
- 2S19 Msta
- Buk missile system
- S-400 Triumf
- Mil Mi-8 Colors Party
- Mil Mi-24 (returning)
- Mil Mi-28 (returning)
- Mil Mi-35 (returning)
- Kamov Ka-52 (first appearance)
- Mikoyan MiG-29 (returning)
- Sukhoi Su-24 (returning)
- Sukhoi Su-34 (returning)
- Sukhoi Su-27 (returning)
- Mikoyan MiG-31 (returning)
- Ilyushin Il-76 (returning)
- Ilyushin Il-78 (returning)
- Tupolev Tu-22M3 (returning)
- Tupolev Tu-95 (returning)
- Tupolev Tu-160 (returning)
- Beriev A-50 (returning)
- Sukhoi Su-25 (returning)
- Antonov An-124 (returning)
- Antonov An-22 (first appearance)
- Sukhoi Su-27 and Mikoyan MiG-29 of the Russian Knights and Strizhi (returning)