On this day, in 1990, Russian parliament formally declared Russian sovereignty from the Soviet Union. Initially it was named Day of the Adoption of the Declaration of Sovereignty of the Russian Federation, on 1 February 2002 it was officially renamed to Russia Day (in 1998 Boris Yeltsin offered this name socially).
There exists a misconception in Russian society, that this holiday is also called Russia's Independence Day, but it never had such a name in official documents.
Its name alludes to the idea that all the classes of Russian society willingly united to preserve Russian statehood when its demise seemed inevitable, even though there was neither Tsar nor Patriarch to guide them.
Most observers view this as an attempted replacement to counter Communist demonstrations on November 7 holiday, which marked the anniversary of the October Revolution.
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