Russia’s accelerating return to Soviet past: Key dates under Vladimir Putin

Military parade on Red Square in Moscow to celebrate an anniversary of the October Communist Revolution. November 7, 1990. (Image: TASS)

Military parade on Red Square in Moscow to celebrate an anniversary of the October Communist Revolution. November 7, 1990. (Image: TASS) 

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Vladimir Putin’s restoration of many aspects of Soviet life is not only obvious but accelerating, as is clearly shown by a calendar of some but far from all of his most prominent decisions restoring Soviet symbols that “Profileoffers today.

  • July 25, 2000 – Restoration of Soviet hymn as Russian anthem
  • July 4, 2003 – Red stars return to banners of the Russian Armed Forces
  • June 16, 2007 – Red banners with hammer and sickle restored for historical parades
  • May 9, 2008 – Military parades with tanks and other heavy military equipment return to Red Square
  • January 25, 2012 – Red stars again put on Russian military planes
  • January 31, 2013 – Volgograd becomes “Stalingrad” again for holidays
  • January 29, 2013 – “Hero of Labor” restored as an award
  • March 24, 2014 – Ready for Labor and Defense Organization (“GTO”) restored
  • May 14, 2014 – All-Russian Exhibition Center gets its Soviet-era name back (VDNKh)
  • June 4, 2014 – School uniforms reintroduced
  • October 29, 2015 – Russian Pupils’ Movement created as an updated version of the Soviet Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization
A march of a local branch of the Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization at one of Moscow schools, 1981. (Image: TASS)

A march of a local branch of the Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization at one of Moscow schools, 1981. (Image: TASS)

Edited by: A. N.

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