Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) pays last respects at the coffin of killed Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, during a memorial service at the Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow, Russia. Photo Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/EPA
A red star sits illuminated above a fortified tower at the Kremlin palace complex in Moscow, Russia. Photo Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
Russian police officers stand guard as people take part in a demonstration on National Unity Day in central Moscow, Russia. Photo Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters
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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
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.
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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 President Vladimir Putin gestures after speaking to the media after his marathon call-in TV show in Moscow, Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow
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
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
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A burning trail a seen on a Russian fighter jet after it was shot down over Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday. The Defense Ministry in Moscow said The Sukhoi Su-24 was reportedly downed by Turkish forces
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
People walk across Red Square during a snowfall in Moscow on Friday
An Interior Ministry member stands guard near the Moscow Grand Mosque before an opening ceremony in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday. The new mosque, which was erected on the site of the city’s original mosque built in 1904 and which has been under reconstruction since 2005, will be able to accommodate up to 10,000 people simultaneously, according to local media.
Tourists enjoy visiting Red Square in Moscow on Wednesday
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.
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.