WorldViews: There was a rare moment of dissent at Moscow’s Soviet-style May Day celebrations

By Michael Birnbaum, May 1, 2014

MOSCOW — The 1st of May in Russia is always a nationwide excuse for a party, but in this newly expansionist Russian epoch, Thursday’s rallies were far larger than usual.

Tens of thousands of jubilant Russians took to the streets of Moscow to march past the Kremlin, through Red Square and up a central boulevard — the first time that trade unions held May Day marches through Red Square since 1991, shortly before the breakup of the Soviet Union.

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