Armed members of The Original Black Panther Party of Virginia attend a rally in support of 2nd Amendment rights on Lobby Day, during which citizens petition legislators on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, in the days before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration at the Virginia state Capitol in Richmond, the United States.
In this handout video grab, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is detained by law enforcement officers at the passport control point of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, Russia. Navalny has arrived from Berlin to Sheremetyevo Airport after receiving medical treatment in Germany. He was hospitalized in Omsk and then transported to Germany after falling ill on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow in August 2020.
Certificates are pictured at the ceremony of presenting certificates to representatives of three political parties who entered the Mazhilis, Lower Chamber of the Kazakh Parliament, at a special meeting of the Central Election Commission in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Parliamentary elections were held in Kazakhstan on January 10.
Servicemen are seen at The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, the United States. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution urging US Vice President Mike Pence to invoke section four of the 25th amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office for his role in the Capitol Hill riots.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, in center, presents a government award and flowers to MEL Editor-in-chief Nadezhda Sedova, left, and MEL senior editor Elena Akimova during an awarding ceremony for contribution to the media industry in 2020, in Moscow, Russia.
In this handout photo released by Azerbaijani Presidential Press Office, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev steps off a plane as he arrives for a trilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, in Moscow, Russia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
Presidential candidate of the Kyrgyz Republic Sadyr Zhaparov talks to the media at a news conference on the results of the early presidential elections, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Sadyr Zhaparov, who was appointed Prime Minister of the republic in October 2020, won the early presidential elections of Kyrgyzstan with almost 80 percent of votes on January 10, 2021.
Supporters of Julian Assange hold placards during a rally against the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange outside the Central Criminal Court in London, Great Britain. UK court ruled on Monday against the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States, where he could face up to 175 years in jail.
In this handout photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the foreign minister of Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) Mohamed Siala attend a news conference following their meeting in Moscow, Russia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
In this handout photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu leave after a news conference following their meeting, in Sochi, Russia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
Moldovan President-Elect Maia Sandu attends the swearing-in ceremony at a joint session of Moldova's Parliament and Constitutional Court at the Palace of the Republic, in Chisinau, Moldova. In November, Sandu won the presidential election in Moldova in the second round with 57.75 percent of the vote, ahead of incumbent head of state Igor Dodon, who secured 42.25 percent.
In this handout photo released by the press service of the Kalashnikov Concern, a surface-to-air missile for the Strela-10M anti-aircraft missile system is tested, at Donguz testing ground, Orenburg region, Russia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
In this handout photo released by Tverskoy District Court, Moscow City Duma member and opposition leader Yulia Galyamina, accused of repeated violation of the rules for holding mass events, wearing a protective face mask in colors of Russian flag attends a hearing on her case in Tverskoy District Court, in Moscow, Russia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
In this handout photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani attend a press conference following their meeting in Moscow, Russia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
Ambassador of Ireland to Russia Brian McElduff wearing a protective face mask leaves the offices of the Russian Foreign Ministry, in Moscow, Russia. The German, French and Swedish ambassadors to Russia were summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the EU's anti-Russian sanctions on December 22.
In this handout photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov wearing protective face masks shake hands during a meeting in Moscow, Russia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
A woman reacts as she attends the Yerablur Military Memorial Cemetery to commemorate those who died during the recent armed conflict over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Yerevan, Armenia. On December 19, a three-day nationwide mourning period starts in Armenia.
From left, Governor of the Novosibirsk Region Andrei Travnikov, Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin, Russia's Ice Hockey Federation President and former Olympic Champion Vladislav Tretyak, Russia's Ice Hockey Federation vice-president Roman Rotenbergб Governor of the Omsk Region Alexander Burkov and Russian Olympic Committee Honorary President Alexander Zhukov pose for a photo during a presentation of the logo for the 2023 Ice Hockey Junior World Championship in Moscow, Russia. The championship will be held in Russia's cities of Novosibirsk and Omsk from December 26, 2022 to January 5, 2023.
In this handout photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry, South Korean presidential special envoy Woo Yoon-Keun attends a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Russian Foreign Ministry's Reception House in Spiridonovka Street, in Moscow, Russia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
Carabinieri stand in line against a tractor outside the government building during a rally of farmers demanding for the resignation of the country's government since it did not support the agriculture sector after it suffered from crop loss caused by drought, in Chisinau, Moldova.
Michael Calvey, the founder of the Baring Vostok investment fund who is suspected of embezzling money from a bank, is seen outside the Meshchansky district court in Moscow. The court postponed the case against Calvey, who was accused with his colleagues of stealing 2.5 billion rubles (37.5 million dollars) from Vostochny Bank, to December 28.
In this handout photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik attend a joint news conference following their meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
This handout video grab released by Russian Defence Ministry shows the test-launch of the Angara-A5 heavy-class carrier rocket with a Breeze-M upper stage and a dummy satellite from the Plesetsk spaceport, in Arkhangelsk region, Russia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump attend a "Stop the Steal" pro-Trump rally, in Washington DC, United States. The protesters demand a recount of votes and a review of election results in a number of States. Among the participants of the action are far-right members of the "Proud guys" group, they do not have weapons with them, since it is forbidden to openly carry them in Washington.
Participants take part in the protest action "Funeral of Justice. No to Political Repression" at the presidential Administration building, in Kiev, Ukraine. Protesters claim that political repressions in Ukraine happen on the direct instructions of the Office of the President.
Supporters of President Donald Trump wave flags during a rally, in Washington D.C., the United States. The MAGA-march, the second one after the election, brought to the nations capital thousands of Americans who side with the Republican incumbents bid to overturn his defeat to the Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili speaks during the first session of the newly elected Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, Georgia. Opposition parties boycotted the parliament session, so their seats are seen empty in protest of the last elections results. Parliamentary elections in Georgia were held on 31 October.
Law enforcement officers detain a protester during a rally held outside the House of the Government to demand the resignation of Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, in Yerevan, Armenia. Protests have been going on across the country since the November 9 agreement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh signed between Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan came into effect.
President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro wearing a protective face mask casts his ballot at a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela. The elections to select the 277 deputies who will enter the Venezuelan National Assembly for the period of 2021 to 2026 began on December 6.
Pallbearers carry the coffin of Honorary President of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Irina Antonova out of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts during the farewell ceremony, in Moscow, Russia. Antonova, who passed away on December 1 at the age of 98, served as the director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts from 1961-2013.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their meeting at the Independence Palace in Minsk, Russia. Lavrov arrived in the Belarusian capital on November 25 evening for talks which will include discussions on the situation in Belarus and key bilateral and international issues.
A car with the inscription "You damned children and old people murderers" is seen after it crashed into the gate of the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in Berlin, Germany. "Stop globalisation politics" was written on the other side. Police said they have taken the driver into custody and are investigating if the gate was struck intentionally.
A Russian peacekeeper stands guard at a checkpoint at the Lachin Corridor, the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. On November 9, the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan adopted a joint statement on the cessation of hostilities in unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh. The agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh resulted in the loss of some territories controlled by the Armenian-majority self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh and the deployment of Russian peacekeepers to the region.
President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili wears a protective face mask at a polling station during the parliamentary elections, in Tbilisi, Georgia. Georgia is holding the second round of parliamentary elections in 17 single-member districts on Saturday. The first round of parliamentary elections was held on October 31.
The view shows the aftermath of a snow cyclone in Vladivostok, Primorsky krai region, Russia. The authorities of Primorye have introduced a state of emergency in the region due to a snow cyclone. For two days, precipitation in the form of rain and snow did not stop. Meteorologists recorded an extremely high thickness of icing of wires and trees-up to 12 millimeters. Over the past 30 years, this has not been observed in the region.
In this handout photo released by the Azerbaijan's Presidential Press Office, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev rises an Azerbaijani national flag while visiting the Fuzuli and Jabrayil districts in territories in unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh, which came under the control of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. On November 10, the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia signed a joint statement on complete cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to the statement, Armenia and Azerbaijan stop at their occupied positions, a number of districts come under Baku's control, the sides exchange prisoners, and Russian peacekeepers are deployed along the contact line and the Lachin corridor connecting Karabakh with Armenia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
Former Moldovan Prime Minister and leader of the Action and Solidarity Party Maia Sandu, who won the second round of the Moldovan presidential election, speaks to the media during a news conference in Chisinau, Moldavia. On November 15, the second round of the presidential elections took place in Moldova. According to the Moldovan Central Election Commission the leader of the Action and Solidarity party Maia Sandu won 57.75% of the vote.
Protesters hold flags during a rally against the outcome of parliamentary vote, in Tbilisi, Georgia. Georgia held a general election on October 31, which resulted in the ruling Georgian Dream party emerging as the winner. The opposition did not recognize the results of the vote and has been calling for a new election.