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Sunday, November 7, 1999 Published at 16:34 GMT

World: Europe

In pictures: Revolution Day in Moscow

Thousands of Communists paraded through Moscow on Sunday to mark the 82nd anniversary of the Russian revolution and vent their anger with the Russian government.

The annual event is a throwback to the Soviet era, when the country's Communist leaders celebrated the anniversary by gathering atop Lenin's mausoleum on Red Square to review a massive military parade as hundreds of thousands of people looked on.

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About 10,000 people marched across the city from the former October Square to Lubyanka Square, site of the former headquarters of the KGB secret police, waving red flags. Many protesters were elderly and poor, and their common refrain was that President Boris Yeltsin was to blame for the loss of Soviet-era stability and the country's economic collapse.

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The march provided a photo opportunity for Russia's Communist Party leader, Gennady Zyuganov, seven weeks before parliamentary elections. Polls indicate that the Communist Party will maintain a strong presence in the new parliament.

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