Kurilla: Moving the holiday from Nov. 7 to Nov. 4 was an attempt to get rid of the Russian Revolution

PONARS Eurasia
08 Nov 2017

(Gulf Times) Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the revolution that established the Soviet Union, but you’d be hard-pressed to find an event in Russia to celebrate the occasion. A military parade was held on Red Square and attended by more than 7,000 people, Russia’s official newspaper of record, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, reported.

But the parade was not dedicated to the revolution. It was instead dedicated to an event during World War II in 1941 when tens of thousands of soldiers marched out from the Russian capital’s iconic square to fight invading Nazi forces on the outskirts of the city.

The newspaper did not mention in its description of yesterday’s parade that the original event was held in honour of the anniversary of the Soviet revolution. [...]

“The move of the main national holiday from November 7 to November 4 was an attempt to get rid of the revolution,” said Ivan Kurilla, a professor of history and international relations at the European University in St Petersburg.

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