Moscow, Russia, November 7, 2007—At a rally Wednesday to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, a woman in Moscow carries a portrait of Vladimir Lenin, the first de facto leader of the Soviet state.
In the past, the November 7 anniversary was celebrated with grandiose military parades and mass rallies. The holiday was scaled back after the Soviet collapse in 1991.
This year, with the Communist Party likely to become the only opposition party to win seats in Russia's parliament in December, supporters were emboldened.
More than 10,000 people marched through the center of the capital chanting slogans, including "Long Live the Socialist Revolution!" and "Victory! Motherland! Socialism!"