Putin’s Russia can’t celebrate its revolutionary past. It has to smother it | Catherine Merridale

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The Russian Revolution was a fight against the excesses of the rich. No wonder Vladimir Putin wants to ignore the centenary

November always brings a welcome holiday for Russians. The day off work is about some great historical event, but most use it to catch up with their families. On 7 November 2017, it will be exactly 100 years since Vladimir Lenin’s Bolshevik revolution, the one that people used to mark with anthems, weaponry and fireworks.

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