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Kaleidoscope of Russian Life: Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and the snowman-building art competition

A robot on display at the 2014 Geek Picnic science, technology, and arts festival, at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre.
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A robot on display at the 2014 Geek Picnic science, technology, and arts festival, at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre.
A participant completing her work during the snowman-building art competition held on the territory of the Moscow Palace of Young Pioneers on Vorobyovy Gory.

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A participant completing her work during the snowman-building art competition held on the territory of the Moscow Palace of Young Pioneers on Vorobyovy Gory.
Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch John X of Antioch conduct liturgy in Moscow.

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Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch John X of Antioch conduct liturgy in Moscow.
A military band during the final rehearsal of the parade marking the 70th anniversary of the final lifting of the Nazi Seige of Leningrad on Prospekt Nepokoryonnykh (Avenue of the Undefeated) in St. Petersburg.

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A military band during the final rehearsal of the parade marking the 70th anniversary of the final lifting of the Nazi Seige of Leningrad on Prospekt Nepokoryonnykh (Avenue of the Undefeated) in St. Petersburg.
White swans remaining through the winter on the ice in the military harbor of Baltiysk, Kaliningrad region. Local organizations are planning an operation to rescue the freezing birds.

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White swans remaining through the winter on the ice in the military harbor of Baltiysk, Kaliningrad region. Local organizations are planning an operation to rescue the freezing birds.
A man pulls his son on a makeshift sled as air temperature hovers around minus 11 degrees Celsius (12.2 Fahrenheit) in Moscow.

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A man pulls his son on a makeshift sled as air temperature hovers around minus 11 degrees Celsius (12.2 Fahrenheit) in Moscow.
Volunteers stand on a platform displaying the Olympic rings on the Olympic Park as preparations continue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Volunteers stand on a platform displaying the Olympic rings on the Olympic Park as preparations continue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Two year old Lilya poses for a photo next to a figure of the Olympic mascot Zaika at the ski resort Rosa Khutor in Krasnaya Polyana outside the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, where the snow and sliding sports venues for the 2014 Winter Olympics are located.

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Two year old Lilya poses for a photo next to a figure of the Olympic mascot Zaika at the ski resort Rosa Khutor in Krasnaya Polyana outside the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, where the snow and sliding sports venues for the 2014 Winter Olympics are located.
Russian biathletes at a training before the Sochi Olympic Games.

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Russian biathletes at a training before the Sochi Olympic Games.
Climber Karina Mezova, right, and the president of the mountaineering federation of Kabardino-Balkaria Abdul-Halim Elmezov climb Mt. Elbrus in order to light the Bowl with the Olympic Flame.

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Climber Karina Mezova, right, and the president of the mountaineering federation of Kabardino-Balkaria Abdul-Halim Elmezov climb Mt. Elbrus in order to light the Bowl with the Olympic Flame.
Maine Coon kittens at an exhibition at the All-Russian Exhibition Center.

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Maine Coon kittens at an exhibition at the All-Russian Exhibition Center.
Swans winter at Abreck Bay of Strelok Creeck in the Primorye Territory.

RIA Novosti

Swans winter at Abreck Bay of Strelok Creeck in the Primorye Territory.
Russian training frigate Nadezhda.

Vitaliy Ankov

Russian training frigate Nadezhda.
A stray dog lies on the grass in front of the Bolshoy Ice Dome at the Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi.

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A stray dog lies on the grass in front of the Bolshoy Ice Dome at the Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi.
Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan (L) skates as Evgeni Plushenko of Russia (R) looks on during a figure skating training session in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in Sochi.

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Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan (L) skates as Evgeni Plushenko of Russia (R) looks on during a figure skating training session in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in Sochi.
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February 8, 2014
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