Moscow, normally one of the more visually subdued of the world's great capital cities, has been transformed into a blaze of colour for the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution.
LV Kremlin buildings in Moscow decorated with flags and posters (3 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT Portrait of Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev surrounded by flags on city building
LV Portrait of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, surrounded by bunting and flags on another building
GV PAN Flags in streets
SV PULL BACK FROM Poster of family occupying large area of one side of large building
LV PAN Flags above row of stores (2 shots)
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Background: Moscow, normally one of the more visually subdued of the world's great capital cities, has been transformed into a blaze of colour for the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution.
SYNOPSIS: The Kremlin, as Moscow's focal point and the nerve centre for the Soviet Union and its satellite countries, was the priority target for the decorators.
Two central motifs were the profusion of portraits of President Leonid Brezhnev, who is also the Communist Party chairman, and Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the father of the Russian Revolution.
Although more than 120 foreign delegations have come to Moscow for the anniversary, the streets remained quiet in the early stages of festivities. The momentum was building up to the climax on November 7, when hundreds of thousands of Muscovites and visitors were expected to turn out to watch the largest military parade ever presented in the Soviet Union.