Russian servicemen dressed in historical uniforms take part in the military parade at Red Square in Moscow on November 7, 2017. AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
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Russian authorities were reluctant to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution Tuesday, with just low-key events being held to mark an uprising that launched more than 70 years of Communist rule.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, Nov. 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.
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