Rare archive footage filmed on June 24, 1945, features Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov preparing for the Victory Parade on the Red Square. Stalin can be seen waiting for the beginning of the parade standing at the entrance to Lenin’s Mausoleum and looking at Moscow’s rainy skies, while parade commander Zhukov can be seen taking off his uniform jacket and getting on a horse, as well as shaking raindrops off his service cap. According to historical documents, it was Stalin’s idea to hold a Victory Parade shortly after the signing of the surrender on May 9, 1945. He determined the date of the parade to be on June 24. The grand Victory Parade was prepared in just a month. According to the order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, the regiments should have selected soldiers and officers who most distinguished themselves in battles and have military orders. It is reported that the height of the candidates should have been at least 176 centimetres, while their age shouldn’t have exceeded 30. This archive footage released as part of the « 100 key events in Russia in the 20th and 21st centuries », a joint project between Ruptly and the Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive (rgakfd.ru).