Red Square did host a military parade Tuesday, but it gave only a brief nod to the famous uprising.
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Vladimir Putin stayed away from events marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution Tuesday, an event that changed the world but has awkward associations for the former KGB operative who was trained to keep a lid on dissent, not celebrate it.The centenary, Putin's spokesman said, was a routine working day for the president who had several Kremlin meetings.Riot police have cracked down on a string of anti-government protests this year, carrying out mass detentions, and opposition leader and fierce Putin critic Alexei Navalny has been jailed three times for breaking public protest rules.In rare comments on the subject ahead of the centenary, Putin made clear he thought it would have been better if the 1917 revolution had never happened, and that he believed there was nothing to celebrate.
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