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A papier mache figure for carnival floats depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured during preparations for the upcoming Rose Monday carnival parade in Mainz on Tuesday
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Russian President Vladimir Putin poses for a picture with youths who took part in the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, as he visits a local Olympic youth sports school in Cheboksary on Thursday
Vladimir Putin (left), president of Russia, and Dmitry Medvedev (centre), prime minister, ride in a ski cable car as they visit the Laura cross-country and biathlon centre near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympic Games this year .
Russian President Vladimir Putin enters is at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, to deliver the annual state of the nation address
Russian President Vladimir Putin on board Sea Explorer 5 bathyscaphe near the isle of Gogland in the Gulf of Finland, on Monday. Putin is visiting the site where the Russian frigate Oleg sank in 1869.
On day two of the G8 Summit at Lough Erne, leaders take a walk on Tuesday in the area around the two connected lakes in Northern Ireland. From left to right, Shinzo Abe, Japanese prime minister, Angela Merkel, German chancellor, Vladimir Putin, Russian president, David Cameron, British prime minister, Barack Obama, US president, Francois Hollande, French president, Stephen Harper, Canadian prime minister, and Enrico Letta, Italian prime minister. The leaders are meeting for talks that include the global economy and tax avoidance
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, arrives for a meeting of the State Council in the Kremlin in Moscow on Friday
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.