Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 131

According to updated reports of the Moscow MVD, some 70,000 people attended yesterday’s pro-Communist rallies on the anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution in the Russian capital. Order was kept, not only by Moscow police, but also by what appeared to be communist paramilitary squads. These appeared in public for the first time yesterday, clad in a uniform similar to that of the airborne troops and with the insignia "Russian Volunteer Regiment". These squads clearly outnumbered the small anti-Communist groups, including one in White Guard uniforms from the time of the Russian Civil War, and which attempted to counterdemonstrate. (7) The formation of communist paramilitary groups clearly violates Russian law; but the communists seem to feel strong enough to ignore the law. Another sign of this new confidence was yesterday’s call of Gennady Zyuganov, who urged his supporters at a rally to "strengthening political work in the Army and law enforcement agencies". (8)

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