The Soviet Union celebrated May Day (Wednesday 1 May), with a massive civilian parade through Moscow's Ped Square -- but the traditional speech by one of the Kremlin leaders was missing.
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SV FROM LEFT TO RIGHT Podgorny, Brezhnev, Kosygin watch parade
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GV & MV parade of red flags as Communist Party members watch (2)
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Background: The Soviet Union celebrated May Day (Wednesday 1 May), with a massive civilian parade through Moscow's Ped Square -- but the traditional speech by one of the Kremlin leaders was missing.
Thousands of workers, gymnasts and school children took part in the parade, which has featured only civilians since 1969.
There was no official explanation for the absence of a speech.
But the entire Politburo, headed by Communist party Chief Leonid Brezhnev were on top of the Lenin Mausoleum to watch the parade. Only a selected public was allowed onto the Square and thousands of plainclothes security men and armed troops were on hand.
The parade was modest compared to previous years. Many Muscovites seemed to use the four-day holiday to get out into the country. But the parade still lasted for two hours. It included a float attacking Israel and foreign radio stations.