It’s 100 years since the Bolsheviks took power in Russia. Neil and Catherine teach you how to use language in the news in your everyday English.

The story:
Low-key events are being held in Russia to mark the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Members of the communist party, now in opposition, are celebrating the armed uprising by Lenin’s Bolsheviks with a march and rally in Moscow.

But President Putin and his government are playing down the significance of the revolution. There are no special events at the Kremlin on what is an ordinary working day.

Key words and phrases

without much activity or excitement

experiences that help people make better decisions in future

the promise of
the hope or suggestion something positive will happen

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