Ground personnel help International Space Station (ISS) crew member Anton Shkaplerov of Russia out of the Soyuz TMA-15M shortly after landing near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Thursday
Mounted cossacks from the Southern Russian city of Volgograd wear period uniforms as they ride along a street during a demonstration of patriotism in Simferopol on Friday
A worker cleans a monument to Russian poet Aleksander Pushkin during preparations to celebrate the 216th anniversary of his birth in St Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday
Tourists enjoy visiting Red Square in Moscow on Wednesday
Children and honour guards watch a performance during the so-called parade of children’s troops in Rostov-on-Don, southern Russia, on Thursday
North Korean tourist poses with a souvenir pillow decorated with an portrait of Kim Jong-un in front of a poster showing Vladimir Putin and a bear at the Victory park in Moscow, Russia. On Saturday Russia will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Soviet Union and it’s Allies over Nazi Germany in WWII
US astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui take part in a preflight training session at the Gagarin Cosmonauts’ Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow, on Thursday. The crew is scheduled to blast off to the ISS from Baikonur at the end of May.
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Russian Emergency Ministry cadets march as they take part in a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade on Moscow’s Red Square on Wednesday. Russia will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany on May 9th.
A man takes a picture of Russian Air Force fighter jets as they fly over Moscow during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade which will take place at Moscow’s Red Square on Saturday
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Ukrainian military pilot Nadezhda Savchenko stands inside a defendants’ cage as she attends a court hearing in Moscow. Pro-Russian separatists battling Kiev’s forces captured Savchenko last June and handed her over to Moscow, where she is being held on charges of aiding the killing of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine.
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Ukrainian servicemen take part in a military drill in the Zhytomyr region, 150 km from Kiev
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People bring flowers to the eternal flame on the memorial of the heroic defense of Sevastopol (1941-1942) as Crimeans celebrate the first anniversary of the referendum on Monday in Sevastopol, Crimea . Today marks the first anniversary of the referendum which resulted in the annexation of the territory by Russia
A woman cries as she walks past destroyed houses in the town of Debaltseve, north-east from Donetsk on Friday
A Ukrainian serviceman walks in front of self-propelled cannons waiting to be loaded onto a cargo train in the eastern Ukrainian city of Artemivsk, Donetsk region, on Friday. Kiev announced on Thursday it was starting to pull back Grad rocket launchers as part of the next stage of the withdrawal agreed in a deal struck in Minsk.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks out of a detention centre in Moscow, Russia on Friday. Mr Navalny was released after spending 15 days in custody for handing out leaflets in the subway.
Relatives and friends pay respects as they stand close to the coffin of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow on Tuesday. Russia vowed to find the killers of the opposition leader as details emerge about the most shocking political assassination to take place during Vladimir Putin’s rule
A Russia-backed separatist fighter sits in a self propelled 152mm artillery piece, part of a unit moved away from the front lines, in Yelenovka, near Donetsk, Ukraine
Russian artist Vasily Slonov carries props he calls ‘Oil Mosquitoes’, which are made of stainless steel and glass filled with natural oil, for a demonstration of an installation on beside the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Wednesday. Mr Slonov showed his installation titled ‘Mosquitoes exhausting the oil, the blood of the Earth’ ahead of the opening of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum on Thursday
A Ukrainian serviceman, who fought in Debaltseve, returns home by bus to Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine on Tuesday
Russian Communist party supporters, holding the flag of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, and portrait of former Soviet leaders Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin, take part in a rally to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow, on Monday. Defender of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia, honours the nation’s military and is a nationwide holiday