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The Great Patriotic War, as Russians refer to World War II, is a crucial part of Russia's collective memory, and this park seeks to pay tribute to those who brought the Soviet Union victory over the Nazis. The crushing cost of the war -- 27 million Soviet lives, more than was suffered by any other country -- remains a painful and defining memory even today. Children frolic on tanks parked along the park's lush lanes, and newlyweds pose in front of its various monuments. In a post-Soviet gesture of religious tolerance, the park now houses a synagogue, a mosque, and an Orthodox chapel. The stirring images of the Victory Museum are worth viewing, though be prepared for a jolt when you exit into crowds of carefree in-line skaters. Don't miss the collection of World War II aircraft along the back road.