Russian communists rally for socialism on Victory Day

Thousands of members of the Communist Party marched downtown Moscow on Monday proclaiming the socialist model as the only way for Russia’s revival and development.

Victory Day in Russia on May 9 marks the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in the 1941-45 Great Patriotic War.

According to Moscow police, the communist rally gathered about 5,000 people, and the march was carried out without incidents.

“We marched from Pushkin Square to Lubyanka…Many young people took part in the rally. Their numbers are growing from year to year,” said Ivan Melnikov, deputy chairman of the Communist Party.

“Part of our slogans [during the rally] was dedicated to the revival of Russia, its industry, agriculture, and education, to the modernization of the country, because the modernization is possible only on the road to socialism,” Melnikov said.

The Communist Party is the second major political party in Russia.

The party has emphasized its uniquely Russian character and it has consistently invoked Russian patriotism and nationalism in addition to the official Marxism-Leninism.

MOSCOW, May 9 (RIA Novosti)

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