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V-Day in Russia Evokes National Pride at Difficult Time

If you call history student Nikolai Podchasov on his cell phone these days, you will hear the popular wartime tune “Katyusha” while waiting for an answer. “I just like the song,” explains the 22-year-old Podchasov, who got it for free by dialing 1945 as part of a promotion tied to the Victory Day holiday.   Symbols of the Soviet triumph in World War II are impossible to escape in Russia in the run-up to the 70th anniversary of Victory Day on Saturday. There are the black-and-orange...

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