A company of the Ministry of Defense of Tajikistan will be on a military parade commemorating the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II that will take place in Moscow on May 9, Orif Nizomiyon, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, told Asia-Plus in an interview.

According to him, one more company of the Armed Forces of Tajikistan will participate in a military parade that will be held in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg on May 9.

Meanwhile, a source within the Tajik government says President Emomali Rahmon will attend an informal summit of the CIS heads of state, and then the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

More than 270,000 residents of Tajikistan reportedly took part in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 and more than 100,000 of them died in battle.

55 of residents of Tajikistan were given the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.  Besides, 15 other Tajikistan’s residents were Full Holders of the Order of Glory.

Victory Day marks the end of World War II in Europe, specifically the capitulation of Nazi forces to the Allies (the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, France, the United States and other principal Allied nations) on May 8, 1945.

In Russia and other countries of former Soviet Union, the day of Victory over Nazi Germany is celebrated on May 9, because when the German Instrument of Surrender actually entered into force (May 8, 1945 at 23:01 CET), it was already May 9 by Moscow time.  Post-Soviet countries have continued the tradition.