Flowers are placed near a photo of former Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov at the city's government headquarters, in Moscow, Russia. Luzhkov, who was Moscow's mayor from 1992 to 2010, passed away at the age of 83 in a German hospital on December 10.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a joint news conference following a meeting of the Normandy Four leaders at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France are holding a series of meetings since 2014 to resolve the conflict between Kiev and the breakaway republics in Ukraine's east.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a welcome ceremony upon his arrival at the Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Roissy, near Paris, France. Putin will take part in the Normandy Four meeting of the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine. The Normandy format was created in 2014 to resolve the conflict between Kiev and the breakaway republics in Ukraine's east.
From left, WADA's Director of Intelligence and Investigations Gunter Younger, WADA President-elect Witold Banka, WADA President Craig Reedie, WADA Director General Olivier Niggli and Chair of the WADA's Compliance Review Committee Jonathan Taylor attend a news conference following the WADA's executive committee meeting, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia from international sporting events for the next four years including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from an anti-doping laboratory.
Yegor Zhukov, 21-year-old student and blogger, reacts after the verdict of his trial outside the Kuntsevsky district court in Moscow, Russia. Zhukov was arrested following the July 27 unauthorised protest demanding free elections to Moscow's city legislature. A court on December 5 handed him a 3-year suspended sentence over charges of inciting extremism in his YouTube videos.
Participiants hold a banner reading "Russian schools is our choice" during a protest against a language reform in Riga, Latvia. On March 22, 2018, Latvia's parliament adopted amendments to its education laws mandating a gradual transition to educating in Latvian even in schools specifically set up for minority children starting in the 2019-2020 academic year. The full transition is supposed to be achieved by September 1, 2021.
Head of Russian space agency Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin awards NASA astronaut Nick Hague, of the United States, with Order of Courage during the unveiling ceremony of the Soyuz MS-10 monument at Roscosmos headquarters, in Moscow, Russia. The ISS crew members Roscosmos cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin, of Russia, and NASA astronaut Nick Hague, of the United States, were safe after an emergency landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station on October 11, 2018.
In this handout video grad released by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, a bus is seen after it crashed in Zabaikalsky region, Russia. A passenger bus plunged from a bridge onto the frozen Kuenga River near the Eastern Siberian city of Sretensk, killing 19 of the more than 40 people on board. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
Visitors attend the opening ceremony of the Stenin Photo Contest exhibition in New Delhi, India. Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest for young photojournalists is named after special photo correspondent of the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, who was killed while on assignment in the conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.
Workers stand on the new cross-border automobile cable-stayed bridge across the Amur River connecting the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk and the Chinese city of Heihe, outside the Far Eastern city of Blagoveshchensk, Russia. The bridge is the only road bridge across the Amur on the Russian-Chinese border and is expected to come into service by April 2020. The construction of the bridge began in 2016 and last May the two sections of the bridge were connected.
From left, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, CSTO Acting Secretary General Valery Semerikov and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attend a session of the Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Honour guards are pictured near the coffin of the president of St. Petersburg State University Lyudmila Verbitskaya during the farewell ceremony in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Lyudmila Verbitskaya was the first female rector of St. Petersburg State University, Honorary Professor, Honorary President of the Russian Academy of Education.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and M.D. Chernysheva-Granina, right, lay flowers during an opening ceremony of a monument to a Russian writer Daniil Granin in St. Petersburg, Russia. 2019 is the year of Granin's 100 anniversary, celebrated with a new monument and many other events.
Men talk in front of a fresco from series "The life of Washington" at George Washington High School in San Francisco, California, United States. The life of Washington" frescoes were painted in the mid-1930s by Russian emigrant Victor Arnautoff, who was a Communist party supporter and depicted George Washington in a critical light, showing him as a slave owner and a leader of the nation that annihilated Native Americans. The school board voted to remove the mural but later deferred the idea following public outcry against it.
Russian sailor raises a flag during a ceremony to handover Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky diesel-electric submarine to the Russian Navy at the Admiralty Shipyard, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ivan Papanin heavily-armed icebreaking patrol ship is seen to the left behind the submarine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sits on a new train as takes part in a launching ceremony of the Moscow Central Diameters, in Moscow, Russia. Through railway lines in Moscow and Moscow Region arrange the relevant diameter routes for suburban electric trains. New through diameters will help to reduce the traffic load of the Moscow transport system and the passenger comfort level will be increased due to high-speed through train routes created within the city. Moscow Government launches MCD-1 Odintsovo-Lobnya and MCD-2 Nakhabino-Podolsk on November 21, 2019. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, is at right.
In this handout video grab released by Federal Security Service (FSB), Ukrainian navy vessels Berdyansk, Nikopol and tugboat Yany Kapu are anchored at the Black Sea port of Ochakiv, Ukraine. Russia handed over to Ukraine three navy vessels Nikopol, Berdyansk and Yany Kapu, detained in November 2018 in the Kerch Strait for illegally crossing Russia's maritime border. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
From left to right, speaker of the Sejm of Latvia Inara Murniece, President of Latvia Egils Levits and Prime Minister of Latvia Krishjanis Karinsis are pictured during flower laying ceremony as part of the celebration of Latvia's Independence Day in Riga, Latvia. Independence Day is celebrated in Latvia on November 18.
Ukrainian Navy ships are towed from the port of Kerch to be returned to Ukraine, in Crimea, Russia. On November 25, 2018 two small armored gunboats Berdyansk, Nikopol and tugboat Yany Kapu, crossed the Russian maritime border in the Black Sea, disregarding warnings from the Russian coast guard. The vessels were stopped and escorted to the port of Kerch, 22 sailors and two members of the Ukrainian Security Service were arrested.
Wreaths and flowers are laid on a monument inside the Athens Polytechnic, to mark the 46th anniversary of a 1973 student uprising, in Athens, Greece. The Athens Polytechnic student uprising against the Greek military junta erupted in November 1973 and ended in bloodshed after a tank crashed through the gates of the Polytechnic.
People stand around the coffin holding the remains of 24-year-old Anastasiya Yeshchenko, who was murdered by her lover historian Oleg Sokolov in Saint Petersburg on November 7, during a farewell ceremony at the Holy Trinity church in the village of Starovelichkovskaya, in Krasnodar region, Russia.
Venezuelan refugees sleep at a reception centre tent in Manaus, Brazil. When walking through the streets in downtown Manaus it is common to run into almost every block with a Venezuelan, some work as street vendors, others had no choice but to ask for money, food or even work in the streets to support their family. The UN estimates that more than 4.5 million Venezuelans have left their country due to the serious economic situation.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets attend a meeting with artists on the sidelines of the 8th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum at the Mariinsky II, a new stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Supporters of Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu wait outside a Palace of the Parliament during a Parliament session in Chisinau, Moldova. A no-confidence vote brought down Moldova's government on November 12, just five months after Prime Minister Maia Sandu took office. She formed a coalition with the Socialist Party but relations broke down over a proposed reform of how the top prosecutor is appointed.
Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu speaks during a Parliament session in Chisinau, Moldova. A no-confidence vote brought down Moldova's government on November 12, just five months after Prime Minister Maia Sandu took office. She formed a coalition with the Socialist Party but relations broke down over a proposed reform of how the top prosecutor is appointed.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Armenian counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, right, shake hands during a signing ceremony following their meeting in Yerevan, Armenia. Lavrov pays a working visit to the Armenian capital of Yerevan for talks with the country's President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.
Pro-government protesters hold placards reading, from left, "I support the government of Sandu", "Don't carry out reforms with a formal prosecutor", "Independent prosecutor supported by parliament", "We deserve a worthy prosecutor" as they demonstrate next to the Parliament building, in Chisinau, Moldova. The Party of Socialists prepared a vote of no confidence in the government due to the fact that the Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu took responsibility before the parliament for selecting candidates for the prosecutor general post.
A man holds a ticket from Simferopol to Moscow, at a train station in Simferopol, Crimea, Russia. Train tickets to Moscow and Saint Petersburg went on sale in Crimea on 8 November, 2019. The newly built Crimean Rail Bridge connects mainland country with the Crimean peninsula making possible railway link bypassing Ukraine.
Participants dressed in WWII Red Army uniforms take part in a parade to mark the 78th anniversary of a historical parade in 1941, when Soviet soldiers marched towards the front lines during World War Two, on Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Kremlin's Spasskaya (Saviour) Tower is at the background.
In this handout photo released by the Russian Defence Ministry, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attend a welcoming ceremony before their meeting on the military and defence industrial cooperation, in Moscow, Russia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
Russian Orthodox priests take part in a religious procession to mark the Unity Day, in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Russian people mark the Feast Day of Our Lady of Kazan, known as the Holy Protectress of Russia, at November 4, the same date as Unity Day, since the icon was credited for the Russians victory during Moscows liberation from the Polish in November 1612.
People hold anti-U.S. banners as they take part in a rally to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis, outside the former US embassy in Tehran, Iran. 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981, after a group of Iranian students supporting the Iranian Revolution, took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
From left, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Askar Mamin, Kyrgyz Prime Minister Mukhammedkaly Abylgaziev, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Tajik Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda, Pakistani Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi, SCO Secretary-General Vladimir Norov and SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) Executive Committee Director Jumakhon Giyosov pose for a family photo before the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Government Heads Council meeting, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.