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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
People walk across Red Square, with St. Basil’s Cathedral seen in the background, in central Moscow on Tuesday. The temperatures in the Russian capital reached as low as 6 C (42 F)
Russian Communist party supporters hold portraits of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin as they take part in a ceremony to mark the 136th anniversary of his birth at Red Square in Moscow on Monday
British ESA astronaut Timothy Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and US NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra prepare to get into Soyuz space craft simulator prior to pass final exams in the Russian cosmonaut training center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, on Friday
From L: US astronaut Tim Kopra, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and British astronaut Tim Peake pose in front of Russian Souyz space vehicle simulator during a preflight training session at the Gagarin Cosmonauts’ Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow
Russian nationalists shout slogans during “Russian March” demonstration during National Unity Day in Moscow, Russia
A Ukrainian serviceman visits an abandoned church in the Pisky village near Donetsk
Activists of the of nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party hold a poster and their flags during a rally in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday. Ukraine is marking the ‘Defender of the Fatherland Day’
People walk across Red Square during a snowfall in Moscow on Friday
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a gala opening match of the Night Hockey League new season in Sochi, Russia on Wednesday
A sniper of the Ukrainian National Guard takes up a position during a training session on the shooting range in the village of Stare, some 80 km from Kiev, Ukraine on Friday
An honor guard opens the door as Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) enters a hall to attend a meeting with members of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday.