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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (C) in a meeting with Myanmar’s Military Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (unseen) in Moscow.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Myanmar’s Military Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in a meeting in Moscow.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (C) along with Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar after participating in the 75th anniversary of Victory Day in Red Square, Moscow.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (C) along with Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar interacting with the Tri-Service Contingent of the Indian Armed Forces participating in the Victory Day Parade in Moscow.

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People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus, watch the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in World War II, in Sevastopol, Crimea.

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Female Ministry of Emergency Situations employees march during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in WWII, at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg, Russia.

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Indian soldiers march in Red Square during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in WWII in Moscow, Russia.

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Russian RS-24 Yars ballistic missiles roll in Red Square during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow, Russia. The Victory Day parade normally is held on May 9, the nation's most important secular holiday, but this year it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Indian Tri-Service contingent takes part in the Victory Day Parade at Red Square to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Victory of Soviet People in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, in Moscow.

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Indian Tri-Service contingent takes part in the Victory Day Parade at Red Square to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Victory of Soviet People in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, in Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, leave Red Square after the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow, Russia.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attends the Victory Day Parade at Red Square to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the victory of Soviet People in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, in Moscow.

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This photo taken on Friday, June 19, 2020 and provided by ECMWF Copernicus Climate Change Service shows the land surface temperature in the Siberia region of Russia. A record-breaking temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) was registered in the Arctic town of Verkhoyansk in a prolonged heatwave that has alarmed scientists around the world.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits the Victory Park, a monument dedicated to Russia's victory in World War II, in Moscow.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits the Victory Park, a monument dedicated to Russia's victory in World War II, in Moscow.

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Parade formations are seen ahead of the military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat on Red Square in Moscow, Russia. The Victory Day parade normally is held on May 9, the nation's most important secular holiday, but this year it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Yury Ivanovich Borisov, in Moscow.

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Journalists takes pictures of a burning German tank at a museum near the newly-built main cathedral of the Russian military in the Patriot Park outside in Moscow, Russia. The opening of the cathedral that was built in just under 600 days was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.

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Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar during a meeting with Russia's Deputy Defence Minister Col. AV Formin.

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Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar during a meeting with Russia's Deputy Defence Minister Col. AV Formin.

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on his arrival in Moscow for a three day visit. He was received by Major General Kosenko Vasily Alexandrovich and the Indian Ambassdor to Russia.

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on his arrival in Moscow for a three day visit. He was received by Major General Kosenko Vasily Alexandrovich and the Indian Ambassdor to Russia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu lights a candle after a religion service marking the 79th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, at the Cathedral in the Patriot Park outside Moscow, Russia. The country's new Cathedral of Russian Armed Forces was built and dedicated to the Soviet victory in World War II.

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Russian soldiers march toward Red Square to attend a dress rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia. The military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat was postponed from May 9 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and is now set to take place on June 24.

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Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, center, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, arrive to attend the consecrating the country's new Cathedral of Russian Armed Forces in the Patriot Park outside Moscow, Russia. The cathedral was built in just under 600 days and was opened on May 9, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II.

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This photo shows fresh graves at the Butovskoye cemetery, which serves as one of burial grounds for those who died of the coronavirus, in Moscow, Russia. The way Russia counts fatalities during the coronavirus pandemic could be one reason why its official death toll is far below many other countries, even as it has reported at least 511,000 infections, behind only the United States and Brazil.

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An airport worker walks past medical aid sent from the United States, including ventilators as a donation to help the country tackle the coronavirus outbreak, at Vnukovo International Airport outside in Moscow, Russia.

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Guns fire a salute in honour of the 317th anniversary of St. Petersburg amid the ongoing pandemic of the COVID-19 in St.Petersburg, Russia

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A U.S. Air Force transport plane carrying the first batch of medical aid from the United States, including 50 ventilators as a donation to help the country tackle the coronavirus outbreak, rolls upon landing at Vnukovo International Airport outside Moscow, Russia. The United States has delivered a batch of ventilators to Russia as part of a $5.6 million humanitarian donation to help the country cope with the coronavirus outbreak.

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Employees of the Federal State Center for Special Risk Rescue Operations of Russia Emergency Situations walk to disinfect a platform of Leningradsky railway station in Moscow, Russia. Russia has continued to see a steady rise of new infections, and new hot spots have emerged across the vast country of 147-million people that ranks the second in the world behind the United States in the number of coronavirus cases.

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People wearing face masks and gloves to protect against coronavirus, observe social distancing guidelines as they go down the subway on the escalator in Moscow, Russia. From Tuesday onward, wearing face masks and latex gloves is mandatory for people using Moscow's public transport. President Vladimir Putin on Monday declared an end to a partial economic shutdown across Russia due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he said that many restrictions will remain in place.

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Medical workers wearing protective gear walk after an evacuation at Spasokukotskogo Hospital in Moscow, Russia. A fire at a Moscow hospital treating people infected by the coronavirus killed one patient and forced the evacuation of about 200 others.

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People who cannot go outside to celebrate Victory Day due to the coronavirus hold portraits of their ancestors, participants in World War II, while standing on the balcony of their apartment in St. Petersburg, Russia. Victory Day, the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, is Russia's most important secular holiday and this year's observance had been expected to be especially large because it is the 75th anniversary, but military parades in Russian cities and a mass procession called The Immortal Regiment were postponed as part of measures to stifle the spread of the virus.

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Russian communists and supporters, some of them wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, observe social distancing guidelines as they walk under a snowfall to visit the Mausoleum of the Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth, at Moscow's Red Square during a snowfall in Moscow, Russia

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Municipal employees, wearing special suits to protect against coronavirus, disinfect and clean a yard in Moscow, Russia. Authorities in the Russian capital have ordered most Muscovites who don't work in vital industries to stay home in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Only visits to nearby stores and pharmacies are allowed, and the lockdown has spurred demand for delivery services.

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Two police officers, wearing face masks to protect from coronavirus, guard an enter on empty Red Square under a rain with the St. Basil's Cathedral, center, and Lenin's mausoleum, right, in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered most Russians to stay off work until the end of April as part of a partial economic shutdown to stymie the spread of the coronavirus.

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Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill releases a bird celebrating the Annunciation on the eve of Orthodox Easter during a live broadcast outside the almost empty Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. As the coronavirus outbreak picked up speed in Russia, authorities all over the country cancelled public events and ordered residents in most regions to stay home, with the exception of grocery shopping, going to pharmacies or taking out trash. Eastern Orthodox churches, which observe the ancient Julian calendar, usually celebrate Easter later than Western churches.

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The supermoon rises behind the cross on the Bell tower of the Novodevichy Convent in Moscow, Russia

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Municipal workers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant in an area in the center of Grozny, Russia. Ramzan Kadyrov, strongman leader of Russia's province of Chechnya, has taken extreme measures to fight the spread of the new coronavirus in the region, vowing Monday not to let anyone who is not a formal resident of Chechnya into the area.The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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Several cars move along the empty embankment of the Moskva River in front of the Kremlin during 'rush hour' in Moscow, Russia. The Russian capital has woken up to a lockdown obliging most people in the city of 13 million to stay home. The government ordered other regions of the vast country to quickly prepare for the same as Moscow, to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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A taxi park full of parked cars due to lack of orders is viewed from a drone taken on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia. President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered most Russians to stay off work until the end of the month as part of a partial economic shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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A screen on the roof of the Luzhniki stadium shows a sign that reads: "Stay Home", in Moscow, Russia. The Russian capital has woken up to a lockdown obliging most people in the city of 13 million to stay home. The government ordered other regions of the vast country to quickly prepare for the same as Moscow, to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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In this handout photo released by the Russian Orthodox Church, Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill walks behind an icon of the Divine Mother to pray for deliverance from the new coronavirus after driving around Moscow, Russia. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a cabinet meeting via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a videoconference with G20 leaders to discuss the coronavirus disease outbreak, at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia. Leaders of the world's most powerful economies will convene virtually to coordinate a response to the fast-spreading new coronavirus.

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Workers prepare a place for an additional building of the new hospital on the outskirts of in Moscow, Russia. Deputy Moscow's mayor Andrei Bochkarev said Saturday that the new facility will be able to accommodate up to 500 patients. Starting from early March, Moscow authorities have been sending people who traveled to countries most affected by the coronavirus epidemic and came back with flu-like symptoms to a new hospital on the outskirts of the city. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.

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Russian medical experts wait to check passengers arriving from foreign countries at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia. Authorities in Russia are taking vast measures to prevent the spread of the disease in the country. The measures include closing the border for all foreigners, shutting down schools for three weeks, sweeping testing and urging people to stay home.

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A performer wears a horse costume near a countdown display with Euro 2020 emblem in St.Petersburg where UEFA planned to host four UEFA EURO 2020 matches, including a quarter final, Russia.

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A woman wears a medical mask walks past a sign with Euro 2020 emblem in St.Petersburg where UEFA planned to host four UEFA EURO 2020 matches, including a quarter final, in Russia. UEFA announced the postponement of its flagship national team competition, UEFA EURO 2020, due to be played in June and July this year, avoiding placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services involved in staging matches.

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Construction takes place at the site for an additional building of the new hospital on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia. Starting from early March, Moscow authorities have been sending people who traveled to countries most affected by the coronavirus epidemic and came back with flu-like symptoms to a new hospital on the outskirts of the city. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

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Moscow metro depot employees disinfect a metro train in Moscow, Russia. Starting from early March, Moscow authorities have been sending people who traveled to countries most affected by the coronavirus epidemic and returned with flu-like symptoms to a new hospital on the outskirts of the city.

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A Russian medical expert checks passengers arriving from Italy inside the plane at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia. The Russian authorities have ordered mandatory medical checks upon arrival for all those who arrive from countries with high a level of coronavirus cases and ordered them to stay home for two weeks.

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People watch as an effigy of Lady Maslenitsa burns during celebrations of Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, in Veliky Novgorod, some 550 kilometers (340 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia.

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A man climbs on a pole in snowfall to get a prize during celebrations of Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, in Veliky Novgorod, some 550 kilometers (340 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia with a statue of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin on the right. Maslenitsa is traditional Russian holiday marking the end of winter that dates back to the pagan times.

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People watch a sculpture of a bridge burning at the Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) festival at the Nikola-Lenivets art park in Nikola-Lenivets village, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) south-west of Moscow, Russia. Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian holiday marking the end of winter that dates back to the pagan times.

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A man pass past one of illuminated sculptures during a concert at Belgrade's Kalemegdan Fortress, Serbia. Several dozen people have attended a concert in Serbia in support of China in its struggle to contain a new virus that started in the Asian country but has spread globally.

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People gather to protest against a Russian military court ruling in the so-called Set (Network) case which came as a result of an Federal Security Service (FSB) investigation into the activities of this community in St.Petersburg, Russia. A Russian military court convicted seven members of a left-wing youth group of terrorism charges and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from six to 18 years, in a case that human rights groups called fabricated.

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An emergency medic helps Alla Ilyina, who broke out of the hospital on Feb. 7 after learning that she would have to spend 14 days in isolation instead of the 24 hours doctors promised her, to fasten a seat belt inside an ambulance after a court session in St.Petersburg, Russia. A woman who escaped from a hospital in St. Petersburg, where she was being kept in isolation for possible inflection by the new coronavirus, was ordered by court on Monday to return back to the quarantine for at least two days.

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People meet a World War II ages train arriving to the Finlyandsky railway station during a historic reconstruction marking the 77th anniversary of the arrival of the first food train after breaking of Nazi's siege of Leningrad in St.Petersburg, Russia. The Red Army broke the nearly 900-day blockade of the city on January 19, 1943 after fierce fighting.

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Actors perform during the "Fashion Freak Show" by French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier at the Moscow Palace of youth theatre in Moscow, Russia.

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Actors perform during the "Fashion Freak Show" by French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier at the Moscow Palace of youth theatre in Moscow, Russia.

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A group of medical personnel meet 80 people, accompanied by medical specialists, carried by a Russian military plane at an airport outside Tyumen, Russia. Russia has evacuated 144 people - Russians and nationals of Belarus, Ukraine and Armenia - from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. All evacuees will be quarantined for two weeks in a sanatorium in the Tyumen region in western Siberia, government officials said.

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A medical staffer works with test systems for the diagnosis of coronavirus, at the Krasnodar Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology microbiology lab in Krasnodar, Russia. Russia has closed its land border with China and suspended most train traffic between the countries.

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Riot police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against constitutional reforms carried out by the leadership of Russia near the Constitutional Court building in St.Petersburg, Russia.

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Rescue workers work at ruins of stadium, sports and concert complex Petersburgsky, collapsed during disassembly of the roof in St.Petersburg, Russia. The Peterburgsky stadium, one of the biggest stadiums in Europe, had been built for the 1980 Moscow Olympics and was being converted into an ice hockey arena for the 2023 IIHF World Championship.

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Actors perform at a fire show during celebrations marking the 76th anniversary of the full liberation of Leningrad from the Nazi German blockade in World War II in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Nazi German and Finnish siege and blockade of Leningrad, now known as St. Petersburg, was broken on Jan. 18, 1943 but finally lifted Jan. 27, 1944. More than 1 million people died mainly from starvation during the 900-day siege.

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Members of historical military clubs wearing Soviet armies period uniform participate in the World War II battle reconstruction marking the 77th anniversary of the battle that broke the Siege of Leningrad outside St.Petersburg, Russia.

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In this image made from video provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry press service, firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the wooden building rented by an unnamed Chinese company and used as a dormitory for sawmill workers in Prichulymsky village in Tomsk region, Russia. Russian emergency officials say about ten people were killed and at least two more injured in a fire at a sawmill in a Siberian village. Most of the victims are thought to be from Uzbekistan.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Russian ex-Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika's appointed successor Igor Krasnov in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. The upper house of Russian parliament is set to approve Krasnov's appointment Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and New Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin attend a Security Council meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow in Moscow, Russia.

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A Russian Orthodox worshipper bathes in a barrel of Holy Water during a traditional Epiphany celebration in Moscow's downtown, Russia. Across Russia, the devout and the daring are observing the Orthodox Christian feast day of Epiphany by immersing themselves in frigid water through holes cut through the ice of lakes and rivers. Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus Christ as the incarnation of God through his baptism in the River Jordan.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying commemoration ceremony for the 77th anniversary since the Leningrad siege was lifted during the World War Two at the Boundary Stone monument, around 50 kilometers east of St.Petersburg, Russia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.

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People walk in Red Square under light snowfall in Moscow, Russia. Temperatures reached around zero (32 F) in Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for a photo prior to the talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Merkel visits Moscow to discuss current international issues such as the situation in Syria, Libya, Ukraine, US-Iran tensions, as well as bilateral relations.

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The Iranian national flag flies at half staff atop the Iranian Embassy in Moscow, Russia in sign of mourning for Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, killed by U.S. airstrike in Iraq. The body of Gen. Qassem Soleimani arrived Sunday in Iran where thousands of mourners thronged his coffin ahead of a grand funeral procession across the Islamic Republic amid soaring tensions between Iran and the U.S.

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In this photo taken with long time exposure people walk in Nevsky prospect, central avenue, during New Year celebration in downtown St.Petersburg, Russia

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Fireworks explode over the Kremlin during New Year's celebrations in Red Square with the Spasskaya Tower, left, in the background in Moscow, Russia. Russians began the world's longest continuous New Year's Eve with fireworks and a message from President Vladimir Putin urging them to work together in the coming year.

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Performers gesture, at Holiday's Market near Red Square, decorated for New Year and Orthodox Christmas celebrations in Moscow, Russia

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A woman walks past traditional Russian wooden dolls called Matryoshka depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Josef Stalin, displayed for sale at a souvenir street shop in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian chess grandmaster and the current World Chess Champion, attends the Open World Rapid and Blitz Championships in Moscow, Russia.

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A cornered punkhead makes as if to ram the serried ranks of riot policemen in Moscow. The opposition’s cat-and-mouse fight for democracy against President Putin continues.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center right, and Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino, center left, attend a meeting with business community in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.

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A Christmas tree decorated for Christmas and New Year celebrations placed in front of Stalin's style Ukraine skyscraper, now Radisson Hotel in Moscow, Russia.

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People pass "2020" numbers installed to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and New Year in Moscow, Russia.

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A man uses his smartphone in a subway train in Moscow, Russia. Russia's Communications Ministry has scheduled an exercise that is intended to simulate what is being called the isolated operation of the internet.

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Performers wearing Russian traditional carnival masks take a part in celebration at a Holiday's Market on Red Square, decorated for Christmas and New Year celebrations in Moscow, Russia. Moscow has seen unseasonably warm weather this month and is yet to see a lasting snow cover.

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Students of military schools rest after dancing during an annual ball in Moscow, Russia. More than 1,000 students from military schools travelled from all over Russia to Moscow to take part in the ball.

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Students of military schools prepare to dance during an annual ball in Moscow, Russia. More than 1,000 students from military schools travelled from all over Russia to Moscow to take part in the ball.

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People walk on the Patriarch's bridge decorated for Christmas and New Year celebrations with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background in Moscow, Russia.

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People walk at the Christmas Market in Manezhnaya Square decorated for Christmas and New Year celebrations near Red Square with the Historical Museum and the Kremlin Wall in the background in Moscow, Russia.

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Young women sing carols as they hold candles to celebrate St. Lucia's Day in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saint Katarina in St.Petersburg, Russia. The Church was built in the 19th century by and for Swedish expatriates in Saint Petersburg, and it is usually called the Swedish church. In Soviet era the Church used as a sport hall. St. Lucia is the patron saint of vision.

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People dressed as Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost), the Russian Santa Claus, play soccer during a Ded Moroz's festival in the city of Olonets, 300 km (186 miles) north-east of St. Petersburg, Russia.

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People dance in the icy water in a river during a Ded Moroz's (the Russian Santa Claus) festival in the city of Olonets, 300 km (186 miles) north-east of St. Petersburg, Russia.

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A man dressed as Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost), the Russian Santa Claus, swims in the icy water in a river during a Ded Moroz's festival in the city of Olonets, 300 km (186 miles) north-east of St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Ali Abyanov stands inside a cage during preliminary hearings in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia. A Moscow court has opened preliminary hearings in the case of suspects accused of attempting to smuggle nearly half a ton of cocaine in diplomatic luggage from Argentina to Russia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, Chairman of the Supreme Council of United Russia Boris Gryzlov, left of Putin, and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, right of Putin, listen to the National anthem during opening the United Russia party congress in Moscow, Russia.

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Alexandra Trusova of Russia performs in the ladies short program during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating- Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Russia

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Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army World War II winter uniforms take a part in a reconstruction of a World War II-era parade in Moscow's Red Square with St. Basil Cathedral in the background, Russia. The Nov. 7, 1941 parade saw Red Army soldiers move directly to the front line in the Battle of Moscow, becoming a symbol of Soviet valor and tenacity in the face of overwhelming odds.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tributes at Piskarevsky Memorial Cemetery remembering the soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during the Second World War, in St Petersburg, Russia.

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