Thursday, February 25, 2021

Russian communists honored the Red Army anniversary

Despite the freezing temperatures and the restrictions due to the pandemic, hundreds of workers, young men and women, members and supporters of Russian Communist Parties and Communist Youth organizations honored the Day of the heroic Red Army on February 23rd.

In Moscow, people with red banners gathered at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin Wall where they laid flowers in memory and honor of the Soviet Red Army's legendary fighters. The event was attended by a delegation of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) headed by the its Chairman Gennady Zyuganov. 

In Leningrad (Saint Petersburg), the local city branch of the CPRF laid flowers at the memorial of the historic Aurora cruiser. During the 1917 October Revolution, Aurora reportedly fire the first shot thus signalling the beginning for the storming of the Winter Palace.

A flower-laying ceremony was also held by the Leningrad organization of the Russian Communist Workers' Party (RCWP) at the memorial of the Heroes of the Young Guard. The local party leaders stressed out the historical significance of the holiday and its importance for the Soviet people and the working class.

Similar events celebrating the 103 years since the foundation of the Red Army were held throughout Russia's major cities.

The Red Army was founded on January 18, 1918 on a voluntary basis. In 1949, February 23rd was officially named as “Soviet Army and Navy Day”. Following the counterrevolution in 1991, the holiday was given the current name “Defender of the Fatherland Day”.