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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
Russian president Vladimir Putin, centre, and defence minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and the commander of the Western Military District, Anatoly Sidorov, right, arrive to watch military exercises near St Petersburg on Monday.
Airborne veterans and young cadets march in central St Petersburg, Russia, on Friday, to celebrate Paratroopers’ Day
A Russian SU-27 combat aircraft performs during the International Maritime Defence Show in St. Petersburg, Russia.