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Communist Party supporters gather near a monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin to commemorate the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in St. Petersburg on Nov. 7. Mr. Putin abolished the national holiday in 2005, but the Russian president once called the Soviet Union’s breakup the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 1900s. (Associated Press)

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