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Russian second world war veterans leave Red Square after the Victory Day parade on Thursday. Vladimir Putin, Russian President, said at the annual military procession that Russia will be a guarantor of world security. Mr Putin’s short speech came at the culmination of Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany 68 years ago. It is Russia’s most important secular holiday, honouring the huge military and civilian losses of the second world war and showing off the country’s modern arsenal

Russia Victory Parade rehearsals, Moscow

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Russian army jet fighters rehearse their fly past on Tuesday over St Basil Cathedral for the Victory day military parade. The display will take place at Moscow’s Red Square on May 9 to celebrate victory in the second world war 68 years on

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia 29 April 2013. The meeting is to discuss bilateral cooperation and international issues, including the situation on the Korean peninsula.

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Russian president Vladimir Putin (left) welcomes Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow. The meeting is to discuss bilateral co-operation and international issues, including the situation on the Korean peninsula.

 Russian feminist punk-rock band Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova attends a court session at the Zubova Polyana district court in town of Zubova Polyana, 440 Km southeast from Moscow, Republic of Mordovia, Russia, 26 April 2013. The court considers Nadezhda Tolokonnikova's appeal for parole. In August 2012 three members of Russian feminist punk-rock band Pussy Riot, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, were sentenced to two years in prison on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after singing a song in the Christ the Savior cathedral in Moscow in February 2012 ahead of presidential elections in Russia.

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Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova attends a court session at the Zubova Polyana district court, 440km southeast from Moscow on Friday.