Lisa Haseldine Lisa Haseldine

Is Putin scared of a Victory Day attack?

Vladimir Putin in Red Square on Victory Day 2022 (Credit: Getty images)

In the Russian calendar 9 May holds near-religious significance. Celebrating the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany at the end of the Second World War, the occasion is considered Russia’s biggest patriotic celebration of the year. 

Last year, following the invasion of Ukraine, the holiday took on a jingoistic significance for the Kremlin as Putin stoked up nationalist fervour to legitimise his war.

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