Support The Moscow Times!

Victory Day Tanks in Red Square Cause $80,000 Repair Bill for Moscow

This year's pageant in Moscow was the largest in recent history and was boycotted by Western leaders who accuse Russia of military aggression against Ukraine.

Moscow will spend up to 4 million rubles ($79,000) replacing the paving of a pedestrian square in front of the Kremlin that was chewed up by tank treads during a military parade marking 70 years since the end of World War II, a city website said Tuesday.

Manezh Square, a pedestrian thoroughfare that runs along the Kremlin's walls before turning into Red Square, saw 194 military vehicles, including the heavy Armata T-14 battle tank, roll over it multiple times during the Victory Day parade and its rehearsals.  

This year's pageant in Moscow was the largest in recent history and was boycotted by Western leaders who accuse Russia of military aggression against Ukraine.  

Moscow's municipal Budgetary Office published a tender for the repair job on Tuesday. The city will take applications from small businesses until May 29, with a final winner announced on June 1, according to the document. The maximum price for the tender was 3.96 million rubles.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.