Kyrgyzstan Celebrates Victory Day in Russia’s Shadow

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Russian Air Force troops march during a Victory Day military parade rehearsal in Bishkek on May 7.

Russian troops marched down Bishkek’s main thoroughfare on May 9 for the first time since Kyrgyzstan’s independence from the Soviet Union. They were there to celebrate a common victory in World War II, a memory that some say is being manipulated by Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin.
 

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Tamas Paczai is a Hungarian photographer currently based in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan Celebrates Victory Day in Russia’s Shadow

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