That is the death toll from 1941-1945 sustained across the Soviet Union and includes civilian and military casualties. Every year on 9 May the countries of the former Soviet Union observe Victory Day and if you’ve never been, this is the premier event of the year. It is almost equal to the New Year but is celebrated in a much different spirit of course.
This week the Russian festivities formally began as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed an Executive Order On Awarding the Ushakov Medal to Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, and the United States of America. The list of foreign veterans decorated for their personal valour and courage during World War II while taking part in the northern convoys includes 190 Australian, New Zealand, and US citizens.
The Medal of Ushakov was a Soviet military award created on March 3, 1944 by decision of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR in honour of Russian admiral Fyodor Ushakov (1745–1817). During his life of service in the Navy Ushakov never lost a battle and after his death was proclaimed a patron saint of the Russian Navy.