MOSCOW : Red Army Will March
The Red Army on Wednesday will parade through Moscow’s Red Square to mark the 45th anniversary of the Allies’ victory in World War II.
There is speculation that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev may be staging the display as a gesture to the military, which has been restive over relentless budget cuts and the realization that in the Soviet Union of the future, the armed forces may have a diminished role.
The parade also comes against the backdrop of moves toward German reunification. On the anniversary of victory, some Soviet militarists fear that the postwar settlement--guaranteeing a divided Germany that would never again threaten its eastern neighbor--is coming undone.