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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.
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Johnathan Glisson, top, and Ben Davidson, workers for Clark Sales Display erect the frame of a 48 ft Christmas tree in North Straub Park, St Petersburg, Florida. The tree will have 400 lights and 1,500 ornaments. A ceremony to light the tree will be held on Friday.
Airborne veterans and young cadets march in central St Petersburg, Russia, on Friday, to celebrate Paratroopers’ Day
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A Russian SU-27 combat aircraft performs during the International Maritime Defence Show in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Gay rights activists clasp hands as they march during a traditional May Day rally in St Petersburg, Russia on Wednesday. The poster reads: ‘We demand the abolition of the homophobic law!’