Russian Communists Celebrate 83rd Anniversary of Bolshevik Revolution

Published November 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Several thousand Russian Communists marched through the streets of Moscow early Tuesday to celebrate the 83rd anniversary of the Bolshevik "October" revolution in 1917. 

Waving red flags and brandishing portraits of Joseph Stalin, the marchers chanted vintage Soviet-era slogans, such as "Power to the People" and "Down with Capitalism" as well as others more recently coined, such as "Prosecute Yeltsin, Putin and their cronies." 

Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov and the Communist speaker of the State Duma (lower house) Gennady Seleznyov, as well as supporters of the hardline Workers' Party, were among those marching to the Kremlin. 

The anniversary of the Bolshevik uprising, on November 7 (October 25 in the old Russian calendar) 1917, has remained a public holiday in the post-Soviet era, but was officially remodeled by former Russian president Boris Yeltsin as a "day of national reconciliation" -- MOSCOW (AFP)  


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