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Russian Nationalists March As Kremlin Celebrates 'Unity Day'

Nationalists paraded in Moscow and other cities on November 4 in an annual event called the Russian March, while the Kremlin held patriotic celebrations of the National Unity Day holiday created by President Vladimir Putin. A motley crowd of up to 2,000 mostly male nationalists, some carrying tsarist-era flags, filed though metal detectors in a southeastern Moscow neighborhood and walked down a short stretch of two lane road flanked by tall tower blocks as riot police watched from behind a cordon. The marchers -- some in masks, others in camouflage or baseball caps -- chanted slogans such as "Russia for Russians," "One for all and all for one," and "Forward, Russians." A few threw out their hands in Nazi-style salutes, but the march was mainly peaceful. A separate march was being held later in northwestern Moscow.

Russian nationalist leader Dmitry Demushkin takes part in the Russian March.
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Russian nationalist leader Dmitry Demushkin takes part in the Russian March.

A Russian nationalist attends the Russian March in Moscow.
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A Russian nationalist attends the Russian March in Moscow.

Russian nationalists attend the Russian March in Moscow.  
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Russian nationalists attend the Russian March in Moscow.  

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Participants in the National Unity Day holiday rally in Vladivostok
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Participants in the National Unity Day holiday rally in Vladivostok

People attend a National Unity Day rally in Chelyabinsk.
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People attend a National Unity Day rally in Chelyabinsk.

Participants take part in the National Unity Day holiday in Omsk.
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Participants take part in the National Unity Day holiday in Omsk.

Participants take part in the National Unity Day holiday on Victory Square in Ivanovo.
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Participants take part in the National Unity Day holiday on Victory Square in Ivanovo.

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