Sunday, 15 November 2009

Communist marchers frozen out

As Europe commemorated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communism, the old guard was frozen out in Moscow.
Communists gathered for a Nov. 7 rally to mark the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution - and Moscow communist leader Vladimir Ulas expected a crowd of more than 30,000 to march from Pushkinskaya Ploshchad to Teatralnaya Ploshchad. However, the Communist Party later blamed bad weather for a turnout officially given as just 500.
Those hardy souls who braved the chill waved placards saying "Socialism is the way out of the crisis" and "Lies about Lenin and Stalin - to the dustbin of history!"
Meanwhile, around the corner in Red Square, there was an official re-enactment of the famous parade of Nov. 7, 1941, which rallied troops' morale as the Germans advanced on Moscow. Two T-34 tanks took pride of place in this year's show.

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