Victory Day in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan celebrated the Victory day and it's accession to EEU in heavy rainstorm
"For the future of our country, we must save the Victory Day, to maintain peace and calmness in Kyrgyzstan", said the President of Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev during his speech on the 68th anniversary event of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War in Bishkek's Ala-Too square.
Two years later Mr. Atambayev left his capital to Moscow days before the 70th anniversary parade of the Great Victory where the Russian Armed Forces for the first time in history took part in festivities, held in a foreign country. The president had decent reason to „leave his nation alone”: he took part in the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on May 8, which was also attended by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Presidents of Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia. Following the meeting a set of documents was signed on Kyrgyzstan’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
Despite an extremely heavy rainstorm and the lack of their President, tens of thousands of locals gathered on the following day to Bishkek's central square to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory and that the country officially became the fifth member of EEU. The military parade involved more than two thousand troops of Kyrgyzstan, 75 Russian military from Kant airbase and dozens of different military equipments. The air force participated in the celebration for first time.
„I visit the Victory day parade every year, because it is the most important day in our history. We are the winners” - said university student Anarbek Nazarbekov (22) of Bishkek just minutes after the end of the military parade.
Later on many large groups of university students were waiting outside of the tents where WWII veterans had their traditional „soldier's porridge” to great them with flowers and orange and black St. George ribbons when leaving the place of the 70th anniversary ceremony.