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