Support The Moscow Times!

Russians Commemorate Relatives Who Fought During World War II

On May 9, millions of people across Russia march in the Immortal Regiment, a movement to commemorate family members who fought in World War II.

We speak with Maria, a 19-year-old girl from Moscow who hasn’t forgotten the story of her great-grandmother, who fought during the war as a “Night Witch.”

The all-women 588th Night Bomber Regiment would approach German military bases at low altitudes, switching off their plane engines so they wouldn't be heard before dropping bombs on the bases.

Today, Maria is studying in St. Petersburg to become a commercial ship captain. She joined the Immortal Regiment's Victory Day march in Moscow on Thursday to celebrate her great-grandmother's service.

We need your help now more than ever.

Independent media outlets and journalists in Russia are being increasingly targeted with “foreign agent” and “undesirable” labels, threatening the existence of the free press day by day.

Your donation to The Moscow Times directly supports the last independent English-language news source within Russia.