The March of the Immortal Regiment is a recent tradition which is part of the annual Moscow Victory Day Parade

Russian journalist and politician, Alexander Nevzorov has criticised it:

(Inaccurate translation)

"The march in honor of the victory (the immortal regiment), which takes place in Russia, in Moscow every year on May 9th is nothing more than a cult from the Third Reich, borrowed by the Soviet Union (Russia). It was in Germany that various cults were created, and such a phenomenon as a march in honor of the victory was created in Germany..."

Is the March of the Immortal Regiment a cult of the German Third Reich?

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    Welcome to Skeptics! Please provide some references to places where this claim is being made. – Oddthinking May 12 at 0:59
  • Sorry, for it question, probably many peoples dont understand what I ask, but i mean as next: Soviet Union began to hold victory parades because he worked closely with Nazi Germany, and moreover, these countries even had a joint 1939 victory parade? – 0-Level UNIX Monk May 12 at 1:03
  • I dont know, how it say correctly, I speak English very bad ( – 0-Level UNIX Monk May 12 at 1:04
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    @0-LevelUNIXMonk I think what we are interested in is: Where did you get the original Russian version of the claim? (or the translated version) – Barry Harrison May 12 at 6:22
  • @0-LevelUNIXMonk: No. Soviet Union first victory parade was in 1945, not in 1939. – user2120666 May 12 at 21:19

It is utterly and completely untrue to say that the tradition of holding parades and marches to celebrate a victory comes from Nazi Germany. Victory parades were held in Ancient Roman times, and have continued on and off ever since.

Napoleon held a victory parade in 1810, and the Allies held parades to celebrate his defeat in 1815. There were victory parades following WW1 and WW2 by the victorious allies.

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    I think this is about whether a specific victory parade is inspired by Nazi Germany (not parades in general). – Barry Harrison May 13 at 19:09
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    If a country decides to hold a victory parade, how can you tell if it was inspired by Nazi Germany, Napoleon or Ancient Rome? – DJClayworth May 13 at 19:10
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    See, this is the problem with the question. Well, maybe not exactly. I now want to say: Maybe Russia is copying a Nazi Germany tradition. (Which as you pointed out, doesn't mean it's bad.) I am not supporting that the tradition is copied. I think we need context (e.g. from where the claim came from). – Barry Harrison May 13 at 19:11
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    Also you end up in the territory of "The Nazis did it, so it must be bad", which leads you to things like "Hitler liked dogs, so we should all hate dogs." – DJClayworth May 13 at 19:12
  • I just want to make clear: I am not going around supporting the statement "The Nazis did it, so it must be bad." – Barry Harrison May 13 at 19:13

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