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Putin shuns Russian Revolution centenary

Putin shuns Russian Revolution centenary

MOSCOW: Vladimir Putin stayed away from events marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution on Tuesday, an event that changed the world but has awkward associations for the former KGB operative who was trained to keep a lid on dissent, not celebrate it.

In the Soviet era, missile launchers rumbled across Red Square on Nov 7, Soviet leaders watched from atop the mausoleum of Vladimir Lenin — father of the Bolshevik Revolution — and the anniversary of the uprising was a public holiday.

Red Square did host a military parade on Tuesday, but it was mainly a stylised historical re-enactment of a Soviet 1941 Second World War event and gave only a brief nod to the famous uprising. It was not shown live on state TV, and featured merely a brief segment on the 1917 revolution with Red Army soldiers.

Published in Dawn, November 8th, 2017

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