Thousands of Muscovites joined a march in central Moscow on Wednesday to mark Russia’s Unity Day.
People walked through the central streets carrying banners, waving flags and chanting “Russia”.
The march ended up with a rally and a concert held under the theme “we are united.’
A moment of silence was observed ahead of the concert for the 224 victims of Saturday’s plane crash in Egypt, most of whom were Russian holidaymakers.
The celebrations were scrapped in St. Petersburg as Russia’s second-largest city mourns the dead of the tragedy.
Unity Day is a national holiday since 2005, commemorating a popular uprising that liberated Moscow from Polish occupation in 1612.
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