The organizers of the Victory Parade asked to hold it without veterans.
Secretary of the organizing committee for preparations for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Victory, adviser to the President of Russia Anton Kobyakov sent a letter addressed to the head of the government apparatus Dmitry Grigorenko. The letter contains a request not to invite people over 65, including veterans of World War II, to the parade.
The proposed restrictions are related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, which caused a serious global systemic crisis. The diseases caused by coronavirus are most dangerous for the elderly, or for people who have had a heart attack or stroke, suffering from severe chronic diseases (oncology, diabetes, etc.). At the same time, the age of war veterans is over 93 years old.
"Please instruct the federal executive authorities to refrain from organizing visits to May 9 anniversary events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Victory ..., including in Moscow, people over 65, including veterans of the Great Patriotic War," the agency quotes "Interfax" appeal of the organizing committee.
Nevertheless, according to the Kommersant newspaper , preparations for the Victory Day parade continue and so far it is still scheduled for May 9, although some media have already reported on the possible postponement of celebrations for at least the summer and even the fall of 2020. P of the interlocutor edition Znak.com , close to the presidential administration, the Victory Parade in 2020 will take from 9 May to 24 June. This has historical meaning: in 1945, a parade in honor of the USSR’s victory over fascist Germany was held on June 24 in Red Square in Moscow. Sources of the publication also report that a vote on constitutional amendments may take place at the end of May. Press Secretary of the President of Russia He said that in connection with the situation with the spread of coronavirus, various options for holding the Victory Parade are indeed being discussed, but no concrete decisions have been made yet.
In Russia, the number of detected cases of infection is still small - 6343 people, but this number continues to grow, the capital, connected with all regions, has become the main center of infection - there are 4484 cases of infection. Over the past day, 954 new cases were added, 47 people died from coronavirus in Russia, while only 407 patients have recovered. In order to curb the pandemic in Russia until April 30, by presidential decree non-working days are announced, which should minimize contact between people.