An official Soviet delegation took part in celebrations in Israel on Saturday (10 May) to mark the 30th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in World War Two.
GV AND MV PAN Entrance to car park with people arriving for celebrations (2 shots)
GV Woman speaking on stand
CU Mrs. Tchecheniva PAN DOWN TO Medals
CU Anniversary signs (3 shots)
MV ZOOM INTO SCU Mrs. Tchecheniva speaking and crowd applaud (2 shots)
SV PAN Leaders on stand clapping hands and singing
SV People dancing (2 shots)
MV AND CU People in and around picnic area eating and cooking (4 shots)
SCU Flags PAN TO Memorial stone and wreaths
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Background: An official Soviet delegation took part in celebrations in Israel on Saturday (10 May) to mark the 30th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in World War Two.
The three-member group was led by Mrs. Marina Tchecheniva, who was a fighter pilot during the war and who won a Hero of the Soviet Union Award.
They joined the 10,000 people who flocked to the "Red Army forest" near the Ma'Aleh Ha'Chmisha kibbutz to celebrate the end of the Nazi regime. Many of those present were Israeli Arabs and Israeli Communist Party members made up a large proportion of the crowd.
Mrs. Tchecheniva earlier told reporters that the visit reflected the Soviet Union's interest in the area and in reaching a durable peace.
The visit follows recent unconfirmed reports that Soviet officials have visited Israel secretly to discuss the renewal of diplomatic relations which were broken off during the 1967 war.