Supporters mark centennial of Bolshevik Revolution

The Associated Press

People attend a demonstration marking the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution in Moscow on Tuesday.

The Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Unlike the grand celebrations of the Soviet past, the Kremlin skirted Tuesday’s centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution — an anniversary that drew only a routine demonstration by Communist devotees.

The government’s attitude reflects both a wide split in public perception of the revolution and the Kremlin’s uneasiness about the events in 1917 that heralded more than seven decades of the Communist Party rule.

Putin made no mention of the revolution while attending official meetings on Tuesday, a regular working day, unlike in Soviet times when it was marked as the nation’s main holiday.

While the Kremlin has avoided any celebrations of the centennial, Russian state television marked the event with a slew of documentaries about the revolution.

All those productions made a particular emphasis of the alleged role by Germany in triggering the revolution by funding the Bolsheviks — the line that echoes the Kremlin’s allegations of the U.S. meddling in Russian affairs today.Speech

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