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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Revolution March




KIEV -- Memories of the Soviet era and anger over declining living standards drew thousands of people throughout Ukraine over the weekend to celebrate the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.


About 4,000 mostly elderly people, led by Ukrainian Communist Party leaders, marched through the capital, Kiev, waving large red banners Saturday. They called for the restoration of the Soviet Union and blasted Ukraine's current leadership.


Rallies were held elsewhere in the country as well, drawing 5,000 people in Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine and 2,000 in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol. In the western city of Lviv, known for strong anti-communist sentiments, several hundred nationalists attacked about 500elderly leftists with clubs and stones. The brief fight, quickly stopped by police, left about five people injured.