Russia papers over 100th anniversary of Bolshevik uprising

Russian authorities papered over the the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution today, with just low-key events being held to mark an uprising that launched more than 70 years of Communist rule.

President Vladimir Putin, who has made 'stability' the keyword of his 17 years in power, would be treating the day as any other, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said previously.

Russian media had an ambiguous reaction to the centenary, with pro-Kremlin tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda asking on its front page: 'Great celebration or big tragedy?'

Moscow will see a march and rally organised by the Communist Party - still the largest opposition party in parliament - to glorify the anniversary and soldiers took to the streets this morning as part of their rehearsals.

The parade to mark the anniversary of the November 7, 1941 parade when Soviet soldiers on the anniversary of the October Revolution marched through the Red Square to the front lines of World War Two on the outskirts of the Soviet capital.

Russian soldiers in historical uniforms march during a military parade on the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, this morning

Russian soldiers in historical uniforms march during a military parade on the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, this morning

Russian servicemen dressed in historical uniforms with old rifles held across their chests take part in the military parade at Red Square in Moscow on November 7, 2017. Russia marks the 76th anniversary of the 1941 historical parade, when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War Two

Russian servicemen dressed in historical uniforms with old rifles held across their chests take part in the military parade at Red Square in Moscow on November 7, 2017.Russia marks the 76th anniversary of the 1941 historical parade, when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War Two

Russian performers push a huge, old cannon down through the streets of Moscow alongside others carrying huge spears

Russian performers push a huge, old cannon down through the streets of Moscow alongside others carrying huge spears

Russian servicemen dressed in World War Two-era uniforms for the Red Square Parade. In 1941, the parade marked the 24th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution

Russian servicemen dressed in World War Two-era uniforms for the Red Square Parade. In 1941, the parade marked the 24th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution

Two performers on horseback dressed in historical combat gear send sparks flying into the air as their swords collide in Moscow

Two performers on horseback dressed in historical combat gear send sparks flying into the air as their swords collide in Moscow

Dozens of Russian soldiers with red sashes draped across their chests above their uniforms march down the street in Moscow

Dozens of Russian soldiers with red sashes draped across their chests above their uniforms march down the street in Moscow

Groups of soldiers with bayonets attached to their rifles stand in uniformed line with World War Two hats on their heads

Groups of soldiers with bayonets attached to their rifles stand in uniformed line with World War Two hats on their heads

Participants in period costume push a cannon during a military parade in Moscow's Red Square

Participants in period costume push a cannon during a military parade in Moscow's Red Square

Three women wearing vintage World War Two clothing sit in an old car in Moscow which has a soft toy attached to the bonnet 

Three women wearing vintage World War Two clothing sit in an old car in Moscow which has a soft toy attached to the bonnet 

Russian cadets, all in uniform, chant as they march through the streets of Moscow as part of the World War Two parade

Russian cadets, all in uniform, chant as they march through the streets of Moscow as part of the World War Two parade

Hundreds of participants march away from the Historical State Museum in Moscow's Red Square. Russian authorities papered over the the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution today, with just low-key events being held to mark an uprising that launched more than 70 years of Communist rule

Hundreds of participants march away from the Historical State Museum in Moscow's Red Square. Russian authorities papered over the the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution today, with just low-key events being held to mark an uprising that launched more than 70 years of Communist rule

The party said its slogans will include 'Lenin-Stalin-Victory!' and 'Let Lenin's ideas live!'

But authorities have allowed just 5,000 participants for the afternoon rally beside a Karl Marx statue close to the Kremlin, the TASS state news agency reported.

Leftwing radical group The Other Russia, led by writer Eduard Limonov, is also set to hold an event in the capital.

Throughout the Soviet era, anniversaries of the revolution were marked with a public holiday which included pomp and military parades on Moscow's Red Square.

Under Putin, November 7 became a regular working day in 2005.

This year there was again a parade on the square, but the event was to mark the 76th anniversary of a parade during World War II, rather than the centenary of the revolution.

The centenary is the last landmark event before a presidential election in March that Putin is widely expected to contest and win.

Russian soldiers hold up a flag as part of their preparation for the parade. President Vladimir Putin, who has made 'stability' the keyword of his 17 years in power, would be treating the day as any other, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said previously

Russian soldiers hold up a flag as part of their preparation for the parade. President Vladimir Putin, who has made 'stability' the keyword of his 17 years in power, would be treating the day as any other, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said previously

Russian soldiers march through the streets in the uniforms they would have worn in snowy conditions during World War Two

Russian soldiers march through the streets in the uniforms they would have worn in snowy conditions during World War Two

Organisers of the parade, seen here, said slogans will include 'Lenin-Stalin-Victory!' and 'Let Lenin's ideas live!' But authorities have allowed just 5,000 participants for the afternoon rally beside a Karl Marx statue close to the Kremlin, the TASS state news agency reported

Organisers of the parade, seen here, said slogans will include 'Lenin-Stalin-Victory!' and 'Let Lenin's ideas live!' But authorities have allowed just 5,000 participants for the afternoon rally beside a Karl Marx statue close to the Kremlin, the TASS state news agency reported

Two Russian servicemen (right) dressed in historical uniforms talk on Red Square, with St Basil's Cathedral seen

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