Communist supporters attend a rally marking the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. Russian authorities papered over the the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, with just low-key events being held to mark an uprising that launched more than 70 years of Communist rule. President Vladimir Putin, who has made ‘stability’ the keyword of his 17 years in power, would be treating the day as any other, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said previously. Russian media had an ambiguous reaction to the centenary, with pro-Kremlin tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda asking on its front page: ‘Great celebration or big tragedy?’ Moscow will see a march and rally organised by the Communist Party – still the largest opposition party in parliament – to glorify the anniversary and soldiers took to the streets this morning as part of their rehearsals. The event is to mark the anniversary of the November 7, 1941 parade which was when Soviet soldiers marched through the Red Square to the front lines of World War Two.