Russia's communists paid homage to two pillars of communism on Tuesday: political philosopher Karl Marx and the Pravda newspaper.
Tuesday marked not only the 150th birthday of Marx, but the 86th anniversary of the founding of Pravda, the mouthpiece of the Soviet era.
Less than a decade after the fall of the Soviet Union both the creed of Marx and Pravda are struggling to be relevant in modern-day Russia.
Karl Marx's birthday is habitually a major occasion in the Soviet Union.
But this year, only a handful of the faithful came to Moscow to commemorate a century and a half since his birth.
Even the Communist party top brass didn't bother to turn up.
Nevertheless, some of the diehard believe that Marx's creed still has as much a place in Russia at the end of the twentieth century as it did at the beginning.
"The fundamental theory of Marx is still relevant. We as modern-day Communists are trying to apply his theory to the present situation and we do find a lot of relevant ideas in his books."
SUPER CAPTION: Alexander Kuvayev, Moscow Communist Party leader
One idea that is still relevant is the use of the media to further the Communist cause.
For decades the Pravda newspaper acted as a mouthpiece of both the Soviet Union and the world's communist movement.
But the collapse of the Soviet Union knocked Pravda hard and the editorial staff became divided.
As a result there are now three newspapers in Russia using the title Pravda, which means 'truth' in Russian.
But the editor-in-chief of the biggest of the three Pravdas believes that being affiliated to the Communist party and its creed is no longer important.
He says that at a time when most of his competitors are controlled by financiers using the media to swing political opinion, his paper's success lies in abiding by its title.
"It will be the newspaper that reserves the right to be critical of both the government and the opposition, the newspaper that would be free from the dictate of any political party and responsible only to it's readers."
SUPER CAPTION: Viktor Linnik Editor in Chief Pravda
That might be a good course of survival in a country where even last week's May day celebrations attracted only the die-hard.
The creed of Marx and Lenin may be consigned to the history book but at least the newspaper is living on by moving trying to move with the times.