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Raising the Soviet flag over the Reichstag building in Berlin. The photo was taken during the Battle of Berlin on 2 May 1945 by Yevgeny Khaldei. RIA Novosti archives.
Raising the Soviet flag over the Reichstag building in Berlin. The photo was taken during the Battle of Berlin on 2 May 1945 by Yevgeny Khaldei. RIA Novosti archives.

Thank you for visiting our Project’s website. Hopefully, you will become our follower and supporter as we have still much work to do and many dreams to accomplish.

Victory Day London is a not-for-profit, privately run project, the concept of which was conceived on May the 1st of 2007 with the sole idea to mark the 9th of May Victory Day in London as it is traditionally celebrated in Russia. The very first event was aimed at the City of London business community and was successfully held on the London Regalia barge that used to be moored on the City side of the Thames west of London Bridge.

Starting with 9 May 2008, all subsequent events focused on the Arctic Convoys (1941-1945) with the aim to promote and propagate the legacies of heroic achievements by sailors and all people involved in what the British Prime Minister at the time Winston Churchill referred to as "the worst journey in the world". From there on our events involve the veterans, both British and Russian, and attract participation from members of The Royal Family, members of governments, senior naval and military officers and the public.

Our other main focus is to promote the historic relations between the Royal Navy and the Russian Navy that go back to the days of Peter The Great and beyond. Here we hold high the legacies of the two legendary admirals: Horatio Lord Nelson (1758-1805) of Great Britain and Fyodor Ushakov (1745-1817) of Russia.

Please visit Our History for a detailed chronological description of our story.

About 9 May Victory Day

The date May the 9th is the most celebrated day of the year in Russia and countries of the former USSR. This particular day stays above all celebrations in the hearts of the Russian people for it combines the feelings of sorrow and joy at their most profound depths.

Factory workers ride on Valentine tanks as they leave a factory in Smethwick, Staffordshie, to be taken to Russia on the first Arctic Convoy 'Dervish' in August 1941. IWM archives.
Factory workers ride on Valentine tanks as they leave a factory in Smethwick, Staffordshie, to be taken to Russia on the first Arctic Convoy 'Dervish' in August 1941. IWM archives.

The German Instrument of Surrender document was signed in Berlin on the evening of 8th May 1945, which was May 9th Moscow time. This day, the renowned Day of Victory, marks the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Union and Allies in the Second World War, the war which throughout Russia is known as the Great Patriotic War.

The greatest number of lives lost during the Second World War occurred on the Eastern Front. From June 1941 to May 1945 around 27 million people lost their lives in the Soviet Union alone.

One of the most heroic chapters of that war were the Arctic Convoys. They delivered crucial food and munitions to the northern Russian cities of Arkhangelsk and Murmansk, sailing through icy seas that were vulnerable to aircraft attack and heavily secured by German U-boats intent on destroying the ships that carried essential supplies.

Our project is dedicated to the brave sailors of the Arctic Convoys, the solidarity and the joint efforts of the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy of Great Britain and the Russian Navy servicemen.

We encourage remembrance of this historic chapter to continue so that future generations will understand and acknowledge the bravery and heroism of our forefathers.

Our Emblem

VDL-Retina-EmblemThe Victory Day London emblem (left), designed especially for this Project, signifies the unity of the Second World War alliance between Britain and Russia. With the Saint George’s Ribbon between the two wing-shaped flags (St. George being the patron saint of both England and Russia, as well as Moscow), the resemblance of an angel, or a dove, signify the peace-striving identities of both countries.


With all best wishes!
EUGENE KASEVIN
Head and Founder of the Project