The Soviet Union has been celebrating the birthday of Vladimir Ilyitch Lenin, political theorist and one of trh leaders of the successful 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, which brought the Communists to power.
TRACKING SHOT Volunteer labourers cleaning streets
GV People digging along- side roads as pedestrians pass by (2 shots)
GV People working in park (3 shots)
GV Children in playground playing in sand
GV ZOOM INTO MV President Brezhnev, Soviet P.M. Kosygin and other leaders on dais at Congress Palace
CU & GV Audience listens as Russian Federation P.M. Mikhail Solomentzev speaks (10 shots)
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Background: The Soviet Union has been celebrating the birthday of Vladimir Ilyitch Lenin, political theorist and one of trh leaders of the successful 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, which brought the Communists to power.
SYNOPSIS: One of the traditions that started soon after the Revolution in 1917 was that of volunteers giving their labour free for community work. It started in 1919 and soon millions were involved. The practice has continued and this year it's expected that 144 million people will take part in what the Russians call 'Subbotniks' or Saturday free labour.
This Subbotnik took place the day after Lenin's birthday, April the 21st --a fitting reminder of the early days of the revolution.
The night before, a big rally was held at the Palace of Congress in the Kremlin attended by president Leonid Brezhnev, and Primer Aleksei Kosygin, together with other members of the Communist Party Politbureau. Thousands were in the audience.
The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Mr. Mikhail Solomontzev, addressed the rally. He told the audience that the Soviet Communist Party was 'confidently leading the country along Lenin's road'. The country, he said, must stay firmly on the Marxist-Leninist line.
Later in his speech, Mr. Solomontzev was to say that the Soviet Communist Party and Government were paying much attention to improving Soviet-American relations -- relations which determined to a great extent the overall international political climate. He also said the Soviet Union desired to remove continuing tension in its relations with China.