Russian women skating along a frozen boulevard in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park, Russia. The temperature in Moscow hit minus 15 degrees centigrade on Thursday
Russian President Vladimir Putin enters is at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, to deliver the annual state of the nation address
Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov of Russia perform during the pairs short skating programme at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup, in Moscow on Friday
Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army second world war uniforms prepare to parade in Red Square against a backdrop of St Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday. The soldiers marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic second world war parade.
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Russian soldiers in second world war-era winter camouflage smocks carry skis and rifles in Red Square, Moscow, during a rehearsal for the forthcoming military parade to mark the 72nd anniversary of the November 7 1941 parade. Then, Red Army troops marched past the Kremlin and continued directly to the front line to fight the German army, which was at the gates of the Russian capital.
Nationalist demonstrator wears a mask as others carry a banner reading ‘Today a Mosque – tomorrow Jihad’, during a march to mark National Unity Day, in Moscow, Russia. Several thousand Russian nationalists rallied in Moscow on Monday, venting against the migrants they accuse of pushing up the crime rate and taking their jobs.
Visitors look at a display of Kalashnikov automatic rifles at the Arms and Hunting Exhibition in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, which runs from 10 to 13 October 2013
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin gets a laugh as he takes his place at a group photo of G20 leaders outside the Konstantin Palace in St Petersburg, Russia.
US astronaut Michael Hopkins, left, and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov, centre, and Sergey Ryazanskiy put on spacesuits before a training session at the Star City space centre outside Moscow. Mr Hopkins, Mr Kotov and Mr Ryazanskiy are scheduled to be part of a mission to the International Space Station that will launch in September 2013.
Britain’s Mo Farah, right, crosses the finish line to win the men’s 5000-metre final ahead of Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet, left, and Kenya’s Isiah Kiplangat Koech, second from left, at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on Friday.
Yelena Babkini and her husband Boris walk through Gorky Park with their bicycles after having been married earlier on Thursday in Moscow
United States’ Inika McPherson competes in a women’s high jump qualification at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia on Thursday
Athletes compete in a women’s 5,000m heat at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia
Competitors jump a water obstacle in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase heat during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on Monday
Sprinters from the Netherlands practice their starts during a training session for the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow
Volunteers take a break during a rehearsal on Wednesday for the opening ceremony of the 14th International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships at the Olympic stadium in Moscow.
Russian police officers stand outside the embassy of Venezuela in Moscow on Thursday, the same day it was announced that Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker, has left the city’s Sheremetyevo airport after Russia granted him temporary asylum, ending more than a month in limbo in the transit area. Venezuela is one of the countries, with Nicaragua and Bolivia, to have offered Snowden refuge.
Police officers guard the entrances inside terminal F of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, on Friday, during a meeting between Edward Snowden and human rights activists and lawyers. The US fugitive whistleblower told the group that he wanted to claim asylum in Russia because he is unable to fly on anywhere else.
Russians perform a Gangnam-style dance during a flash mob before the arrival of South Korean rapper Psy at the Olympiyskiy (Olympic) sports and entertainment complex in Moscow on Thursday.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, arrives for a meeting of the State Council in the Kremlin in Moscow on Friday