Support The Moscow Times!

Russian Paratroopers March Through Moscow on Their Special Day

Russia's Paratroopers Day — an event that in previous years has been marked with street strolling, beer guzzling and general merrymaking — began as a quieter, more sober affair this year (at least while the sun was still up).

Ahead of the raucous roaming through central Moscow and fun in the fountains still to come, military parachuters marched in religious processions and put on a show of pomp and circumstance.

Here's a look at what went on today:

The need for honest and objective information on Russia is more relevant now than ever before!

To keep our newsroom in Moscow running, we need your support.