The monument in the town of Bor, 250 miles east of Moscow was unveiled as Victory Day parades took place across Russia marking the end of World War Two.
The president appeared outside the Kremlin walls to praise the Soviet effort in what is known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War.
Rhode Island is the only state in the U.S. that still has a legal holiday for V-J Day.
The Israeli prime minister is in Moscow to discuss ties with Russia and celebrate the defeat of Nazi Germany.
The annual Victory Day parade showcases Russia's future military acquisitions.
Soviet victory did not require help from Allies, the majority of Russians believe.
Maardu marked May 9 with a ceremony honouring Soviet troops.
The Russian president also made no mention of allied anti-Nazi efforts.
Heads of state from Russia, Sudan and Venezuela will attend Thursday's parade.
The U.S. has tried to isolate the Russian leader, but China has other ideas.
The tank manufacturers insist the tank was supposed to stall.
North Korea's leader will go to Russia and not China in his first foreign visit according to South Korean press.
The 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, known as Victory Day in Russia, is expected to be the biggest to date