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Putin Marks Victory Day Amid Pandemic With Muted Celebration

MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin held a watered-down celebration of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany,...

MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin held a watered-down celebration of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany, with the coronavirus pandemic denying him what had been slated to be an extravagant exhibit of Russia’s military might.

Mr. Putin as an alternative sought to unite the nation all around its most revered collective memory by means of uplifting text and consoling gestures.

“We…