Neo-nazis march in Moscow, from the AP:
Ultranationalists and anti-immigrant activists tossed smoke grenades and scuffled with riot police in Moscow on Tuesday as authorities broke up an unauthorized demonstration on a new holiday to mark Russian national unity.Yeah, reading about it isn't so striking. Try looking at it, though. Livejournal photo-blogger Vladimir Astapkovich shares some snapshots:
Riot police detained 500 people, but released them after only a few hours. There were no reports of injuries.
The demonstrators -- many of whom espouse racist or fascist ideology against non-Russians -- defied a government ban on unsanctioned marches to celebrate National Unity Day, a holiday created in 2005 to replace the traditional celebration of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.
The Kremlin has tried to give the holiday historical significance by tying it to the 1612 expulsion of Polish and Cossack troops who had briefly seized Moscow.
Check out the rest of his brief documentary post here, which also portrays a non-sanctioned Orthodox march.
Fellow livejournalist Drugoi also got some typically amazing shots of the marchers as they proceeded down Arbat. My favorite of his series is this one:
Yes. Because I'm a sucker for the obvious. And for food.
Now, I've voted. I've blogged. I'm going to chill the champagne and try to get in a few hours of writing before I watch the returns come in.