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In pictures: Russia's muted Bolshevik Revolution centenary

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image captionInstead of Communist symbolism the official parade in Moscow honoured World War Two soldiers
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image captionThe parade marked the Soviet campaign against Nazi Germany in 1941. President Vladimir Putin stayed away and the event was not shown live on state TV.
image captionRussian state TV screened a drama about Joseph Stalin's rival Leon Trotsky - a leader who was erased from official Soviet history.
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image captionCommunists staged their own parade in Moscow, with portraits of Lenin and Stalin. The party is now a pale shadow of its former self.
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image captionSome foreign communists, such as these from Spain, rallied in Moscow in solidarity
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image captionA woman in Belarus poses by a flag with a portrait of Lenin. Communists in several ex-Soviet republics marked the centenary.

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