The rules of the game are quite simple: you print a big size picture of your realtive who fought against Axis countries during the War, stick it to a board with handle, and walk out with the people like you.
The our part of the WWII, which is called the Great Patriotic War, had an enormous effect on the USSR. Virtually all families had relatives who was somehow touched by the war: either killed on the front or occupied territory, or served in the Red Army, and even more people worked hard in the rear.
In my family, my granddad and all three his brothers served as officers in the Red (later — Soviet) army. All the Samarins men were lucky to survive the war, but the top price was paid by many others. "Saving Private Ryan" is a great film; as for the USSR, it could not afford such an approach. There were mothers that los ALL 7 or 6 or 5 sons (let alone the fewer quantity) at the war.
I have already said, and I will repeat in the future, that was the war for the very existence of our country and people, something the Europe, especially the Western Europe did not experience to a least possible extent. Neither France, nor Belgium, nor the Netherlands, nor other occupied or allied with Hitler Germany lands.
This year we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the great Victory won by our ancestors in 1945. And the marches of the Immortal Regiment became a huge proof of our national integrity, of true values of our people. 500,000 people in Moscow and 300,000 in St. Petersburg (Leningrad) only.
Generally, the Immortal Regiment counted on May 9 in Russia 12 (twelve) millions people. It was the greatest ever, maybe since October Revolution, nationwide demonstration.
More than a year ago I said in the air of BBC's "World Have your Say" I was proud to be Russian. Now, I am even more.
One of the best videos I've seen meanwhile, was not even taken on May 9; it was shot two days before, during the dress rehearsal of the Victory Parade.
A little golden-haired Muscovite is standing still for quite a while greeting the passing soldiers — and at a moment they start to greet him back in a movement of soul.
I am happy I have such compatriots of younger age.
It helps me to look more confident in the future.