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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, walks with flowers across Red Square to place them at the statue of Minin and Pozharsky, the leaders of a struggle against foreign invaders in 1612, to mark the National Unity Day, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. The new holiday was created in 2005 to replace the traditional Nov. 7 celebration of the 1917 Bolshevik rise to power. The Kremlin has tried to give it historical significance by tying it to the 1612 expulsion of Polish and Cossack troops who briefly seized Moscow at a time of political disarray. But it has been seized upon by extreme nationalists. Putin is followed by various religious leaders of different confessions.(AP Photo/ Misha Japaridze)