May 9, 1945 (Day of Victory over Nazi Germany in Russia) on Red Square in Moscow. War correspondent Alexander Ustinov wrote:
“On the night of May 9, 1945 Muscovites have not slept. At 2 o’clock in the night on the radio announced that they will be sent an important message. In 2 hours, 10 minutes announcer Yuri Levitan read the act of military surrender of Nazi Germany and the Decree of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on declaring May 9 the day of national celebration – Victory Day.
Taking a camera, I went out into the street. People ran from their homes. They happily congratulated each other on the long-awaited victory. There were red flags. People became more and more, and all moved to the Red Square. It began a spontaneous demonstration. Happy faces, singing, dancing to the accordion. In the evening there were fireworks, thirty thousand volleys of guns in honor of the great victory.”
Photography Location: Moscow
Time taken: May 9, 1945
Author: A. Krasavin