Putin Lovers, Obama Haters, And Everyone In Between Celebrated May Day In Moscow

Tens of thousands turn out in the city, including for a march on Red Square for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union.

1. For the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia held a huge May Day parade right on Red Square, in the heart of Moscow.

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2. Thousands of members of Russia’s trade unions turned out for the holiday, which was a big deal in Soviet times because of its celebration of the worker.

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3. In the 20 years since the end of the Cold War, May Day became a holiday mainly celebrated by Communists nostalgic for Soviet times. Today marked the holiday’s return to the mainstream, embraced by the Kremlin once more.

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4. People waved flags and balloons and some brought their kids.

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5. The kids seemed to have fun.

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6. Some brought accordians.

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7. And balloon tanks! What’s a workers’ holiday without balloon tanks?

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8. Others brought their love of the Russian president. Here, workers carry a sign reading, “We believe in Putin!”

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9. These signs read, “Putin is right!” and “I’m proud of my country.” Red Square’s St. Basil’s Cathedral can be seen in the background.

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10. These party animals were on hand too. In the center stands Sergei Sobyanin, mayor of Moscow.

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11. Nearby, the Communists amassed.

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12. Some carried pictures of Vladimir Lenin.

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13. And Lenin and Stalin…

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14. Then things got really weird. Here’s a man in an Obama mask carrying a bomb that reads “NATO.”

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18. Happy May Day, Moscow.

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