A reindeer is seen as people gather on a bald mountain to see the sunrise for the first time in over a month, outside the Northern Russian city of Murmansk. The polar night that had lasted for 40 days has ended and the first rays of sunlight were expected to be seen in the sky for fourteen minutes. But due to low clouds the sun didn't appear.
Workers clear Transcaucasian Road off snow after a safe avalanche triggered by experts of anti-avalanche service, in Russia's Republic of North Ossetia - Alania. The mountain Transcaucasian Road that connects Russia and Georgia has been recently closed due to heavy snowfalls.
In this handout video grab released by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, Russian Emergency Situations Ministry officers work at the site where a gas explosion partially destroyed the residential building in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk, Russia. About 6 a.m. local time on December 31 a natural gas blast hit one of the blocks of a 10-storey building damaging 48 apartments. The number of confirmed dead jumped to 37 on Thursday as rescuers recovered more bodies from the rubble of the partially collapsed building. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.