Friday, November 11, 2005

New National Holiday?

Not sure that Putin's Unity Day, a new national holiday (Nov 4) will really catch on. The date marks liberation from Polish occupation of Moscow in 1612, but I would guess its a poor substitute to replace Nov 7, the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution holiday. Some interesting comments on Putin's attachment to statism and (Russian Orthodox) Patriarch Alexei II's negative view of 17th century 'elites' as treasonous. The author asserts that Putin maybe reemphasizing stability and patriotism to ward off any emerging 'color revolutions'.


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