Russia 1917: ‘May Day was celebrated openly for the first time’

100 years ago, in 1917, May Day was celebrated for the first time openly across Russia. Demonstrations and rallies were held in connection with the proletarian holiday of May 1 [April 18 old style], with the participation of millions of workers and soldiers. In St. Petersburg and Moscow, the proletarian celebration had an especially impressive character. Many demonstrators held banners reading “Long live the International!”, “Peace and brotherhood among peoples”, “Peace without annexations and indemnities”, and “Workers of all countries, unite!”


Via Communist World

Translated by Greg Butterfield


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