May 9th is a big day in Russia. It is a public holiday, a time set aside to remember the Soviet Union’s victory over Hitler and Nazi Germany in World War II. They call it Victory Day.

You probably remember seeing TV coverage of it in the past, row after row of tanks and other military equipment followed by thousands of soldiers in green, all saluting their leaders watching from the grandstands. It was an impressive affair—a big “to do,” as they say.

Not this year. No, this year, a lone Soviet-era T-34 tank rolled through Square.

It was a sad symbol of the decline of Russian might.