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Communists Mark Russian Revolution’s Centenary in Moscow

Holding red flags and portraits of Lenin and Stalin, several thousand activists moved through Tverskaya Street, the city’s main thoroughfare, toward the Kremlin. Instead of marching farther to Red Square, as happened for decades during Soviet rule, they turned left, stopping for a rally at Revolution Square, where a lone monument to Marx stands in the middle.

Despite the more low-key nature of the event, some noted positive changes, too. “During the Soviet times, we were told to go to these rallies,” said Tatyana Korolyova, 63, a music teacher. “Now we are doing it at our own will. This is better now that we have free choice.”

For generations of Russians, Nov. 7 was one of the country’s main holidays, with demonstrations held in every major city. The main, heavily choreographed parade was held on Moscow’s Red Square with tanks and missile launchers rumbling in front of Soviet leaders, saluting them from Lenin’s Tomb.

Source: NYT > World

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