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    Russia will mark on Thursday National Unity Day with Pro-Kremlin and opposition rallies and other public events across the country.

    Russia will mark on Thursday National Unity Day with Pro-Kremlin and opposition rallies and other public events across the country.

    National Unity Day was introduced by the Kremlin in 2005 to replace the communist holiday of November 7 celebrating the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

    November 4 now marks the liberation of Russia from Polish invaders in 1612.

    Moscow alone will hold about 20 public events, the city authorities said.

    Up to 1,000 activists of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) will gather on Pushkin Square in downtown Moscow to call for the unity of Russia and to protest against corruption in the country.

    Over 5,000 Muscovites will march toward the Soldier of the Motherland monument to promote unity, social tolerance and patriotism in Russia.

    The Nashi (Our People) youth movement has said about 30,000 youth will march on Thursday in downtown Moscow to show their allegiance to the policies conducted by the Kremlin.

    About 6,000 police and interior troops will ensure security and rule of law in Moscow during the celebrations.

     

    MOSCOW, November 4 (RIA Novosti)

     

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