Is there a word or phrase in Russian for this particular salute-like gesture? I recall reading a book written by Viktor Suvorov where he described soldiers recognizing a high officer with an expression he referred to as "devouring him with their eyes". I had always wondered what that meant, but these soldiers are making this very distinctive expressive salute-like movement, and I suspect that this is what he meant. Can someone confirm this, and if so, tell me what the Russian word or words for it is? This is from a video of Mr. Putin making some kind of ceremonial entrance into the Kremlin. He walks up this long stairway lined with soldiers holding their rifles at the salute, and as he walks through, each soldier holds his head back with their faces cocked towards him, tracking him.
This is воинское приветствие ("military salute").
When standing in present arms position, the military salute is performed by assuming position of attention, looking the senior in the face and turning one's head as the senior moves. No hand gestures are made.
The military regulations require that the military salute is conveyed "in a precise and dashing manner" (чётко и молодцевато).
"Ravnenie na" Равнение на... Something like "alignment to"
This means all soldiers must look at a certain mark, most common are Alignment to the left / right / tribune / commander. You can see this on military parades a lot. Here's an example https://focus.ua/files/images/0/-87397.jpg Soldiers here were given a command to align to tribune and salute the president. Note how some soldiers look straight forward, the 1st soldier in each row is in charge of keeping the distance between rows, others follow his lead.
Both answers provided seems to me to be correct, I just want to mention that actually the borrowed word "салют" and derived from it "салютовать", though getting obsolete, still exist in Russian.
When one says "салютовать" to Russian speaker this is more about firing, raising hand to the head (there's also an informal verb
козырнуть for this) - but still, technically what we see can be counted as