Today, 74 years ago, was the victory day under Nazi German. In Europe the day is 8th of May, because the capitulation document was signed on 8th of May CEST time - it was already 9th of May Moscow time.
The cost that soviet people have paid was the most terrible thing we've ever had in history of our country.
We've lost more then 26 600 000 people, of which 13 276 000 were soldiers. It was the most crucial war ever on earth and my country lost more people, then in all wars of XXth century. It is even hard to imagine these numbers. The cost is tremendous.
It concerned almost every family in Russia. My grand-grandfathers were fighting too. I believe, the world as we know it now and myself in particular is here only because of them, brave people.
In the past I spent this day in Auschwitz 1 and 2. I had rather indelible impressions. Ironically, this time I am in Berlin, where two of my grand-grandfathers celebrated victory 74 years ago.
I suppose this day should be more about memories, gratitude and anti-war rhetoric rather than celebration of the victory. Yes, Nazis lost thanks to our grand-grand parents but they were fighting in order to end wars forever.