Celebrations of the working class, Lenin, Putin, Navalny, gay rights, veganism, and protection of the city’s cultural heritage—here’s how St Petersburg celebrated International Worker’s Day
May Day—the symbol of the class struggle in Russia for the past 100 years—steadily lost its political meaning after 1991. In 1992, the holiday was renamed ‘Spring and Labour Day’ by the Russian parliament. However, up to the present day, certain political parties and social movements continue to hold demonstrations demanding equality, better working conditions, and the rectification of other social issues. This year, St Petersburg marked International Worker’s Day with state-organised parades, a communist march, LGBT activists raising awareness about the persecution of gay men in Chechen, and a march in defence of St Isaac’s Cathedral, the European University, and St Petersburg’s culture of science. Other groups to march included vegans, feminists, nationalists, anarchists, imperialists, green activists, and others.