Amed soldiers carrying a banner that reads “Communism” march toward the Kremlin Wall in Moscow in October 1917.
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Russia struggles with legacy, unhealed wounds of 1917 Bolshevik RevolutionThey played key roles in Russia's 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, which triggered a civil war that killed millions, devastated the country and redrew its borders. Russia approaches the centennial of the uprising, it has struggled to come to terms with the legacy of those who remade the nation.The government's low-key treatment of the centennial reflects deep divisions in Russia over the revolution, Nikonov said.After the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia stopped commemorating it, although the Communists still marked it.Nikonov, his grandson, believes the revolution denied Russia a victory in World War I.Putin has famously described the Soviet collapse as the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century," but he also has deplored the revolution – the ambivalence rooted in his desire to tap the achievements of both the czarist and the Soviet empires as part of restoring Russia's international clout.Dima Litvinov says Russia still faces some of the same problems that led to the 1917 revolution.
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