Voting for fewer holidays, and wiping away the October revolution’s celebration, Russia’s parliament on Friday passed a law shaking up public holidays.
Opposition was led by the Communists, but the chamber split three to one in President Putin’s favour. One reason says the Duma’s Social Politics committee president Andrey Isaev, is the reform element; “There is one important modification in the adopted law and that is that state and private enterprises must now give paid holidays”, he claimed. Two Boris Yeltsin-era days off go altogether, but what the Communists and some others dislike is the disappearance of November 7th the Soviet holiday commemorating the October revolution. It now “merges” with November 4th, , normally commemorating the repulsion of Polish invaders in the Russian Orthodox church, in a newly-named “Day of People’s Unity”. The Communist’s main holiday had already had a forced rebirth under Yeltsin, being renamed “Peace and reconciliation day”. Now it has gone completely, although some will try to keep its memory alive.