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Russian police officers stand guard as people take part in a demonstration on National Unity Day in central Moscow, Russia. Photo Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters
Participants attend the 20th meeting of the World Russian People’s Council at a hall in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow. The Council is an annual gathering of members of the Orthodox clergy, religious, political and public leaders, military officials and activists of various youth organisations. Photo Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images
Participants re-enact the 1812 Battle of Borodino between Russia and the invading French army during anniversary celebrations near Moscow, Russia
Cadets of the Russian Nakhimov Naval Academy attend a ceremony at the start of the school year known as ‘Day of Knowledge’ in St Petersburg, Russia on Thursday
Ukrainian Soldiers rehearse before a military parade held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence in Kiev, Ukraine.
A traffic sign is seen behind Russian Muslims praying outside the central mosque in Moscow on Tuesday, during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
A Russian soldier patrols the roof of the ExpoForum Convention ahead of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2016 (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia today.
Russian WWII veterans lay flowers at the Eternal Fire in the Victory Park Memorial complex at the Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow, Russia on the day of memory of Saint Georges the Victorious, the heavenly patron of Moscow and warriors
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures after speaking to the media after his marathon call-in TV show in Moscow, Russia
Russian Communist Party supporters carry a portrait of late Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin as they take part in a memorial ceremony to mark the 92nd anniversary of his death at Red Square in central Moscow on Thursday
A Russian Orthodox believer bathes in a pond to mark Epiphany outside Simferopol, Crimea. Water that is blessed by a cleric on Epiphany is considered holy and pure until next year’s celebration, and is believed to have special powers of protection and healing
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a training session of the Night Hockey League at the Galaktika center in Krasnaya Polyana on Wednesday
A motor boat sails along the Yenisei River, with the air temperature at about minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit), outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Tuesday