Footage has emerged of Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation President Irina Viner, centre, directing a military parade ©Instagram

Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation President Irina Viner has been videoed directing the rehearsal of a military parade that is due to be staged two days before the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Video footage has emerged on social media of Viner directing members of the parade at the Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace In Russian capital Moscow.

The video shows men and women dressed in military uniform marching to the song "Stalin Gave the Order", according to Ukrainian news website Tribuna.

The parade is scheduled to take place tomorrow as Russia prepares to mark a full year since the nation launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24 2022.

Tribuna also reports that Russia’s national rhythmic gymnastics team are expected to perform in the "celebratory concert".

Uzbek-born Viner is considered one of the most successful rhythmic gymnastics coaches of all-time having trained the likes of Russian Olympic champions Evgeniya Kanaeva, Alina Kabaeva and Yulia Barsukova.

She became head coach of the Russian national team in 2001 before being elected as President of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation in 2008.

The International Olympic Committee awarded Viner with the Olympic Order in 2015 in recognition of her outstanding achievements in sport.

Irina Viner is pictured with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2015 ©Getty Images
Irina Viner is pictured with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2015 ©Getty Images

Viner was married to Uzbek-born Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov for 30 years before their divorce in May last year.

Usmanov agreed to step aside as President of the International Fencing Federation following the European Union's decision to impose economic sanctions on him over Russia's military assault on Ukraine.

The 69-year-old businessman has also been sanctioned by the United States and the United Kingdom.

Russian gymnastics have been barred from competing by the International Gymnastics Federation since last March in response to the war in Ukraine.

insidethegames has contacted the International Gymnastics Federation for comment.