Whooper swans fight on the waters of Lebedinoe (Swan) Lake, some 220 km south-east of Barnaul, Altai Krai region, Russia. In winter, hundreds of swans migrate for wintering over to Lebedinoe Lake, the only non-freezing lake in Altai Krai region. Warm springs heat the water so the lake doesn't freeze even when the temperature drops to around minus 40 degrees Celsius, helping swans to survive the severe cold.
Russian Orthodox priest blesses people during celebrations of Epiphany in Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia. Following the Julian calendar, Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of Epiphany on January 19 marking the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River and his manifestation to the world as the Son of God.
The crosses atop domes of Saint Trinity Monastery are lit by setting sun at the feast of Epiphany day, in Murom, Russia. Following the Julian calendar, Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of Epiphany on January 19 marking the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River and his manifestation to the world as the Son of God.
A soldier of a special police unit of Russian National Guard takes part in a qualification test at a base, in Novosibirsk region, Russia. The test involve a 12-kilometer run along with a display of shooting and fighting skills. This time 11 out of 50 soldiers passed the test and earned the right to wear maroon berets, the servicemen's pride.
U.S. President Donald Trump, centre, U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, right, and WWII veterans from the United States attend a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day, at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial situated above Omaha Beach, in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.
Russian investigative journalist for Meduza news website Ivan Golunov meets with his dog Margo after he has left the Interior Ministry's Main Investigative Department building, in Moscow, Russia. Ivan Golunov was released from house arrest after the drugs offence case against him was dropped. Golunov was detained on suspicion of involvement in the illicit drug trade on June 6, his arrest sparked outcry among his fellow reporters and several prominent public figures.
Cadets of the Ussuriysk branch of the Suvorov Military School throw their caps in the air as they celebrate during the graduation ceremony in the Primorskiy Krai region, Russia. The Suvorov Military School is a famous Russian boarding school, which prepares teenagers for service as officers in the Russian Army.
Russian President Vladimir Putin submerges on board C-Explorer 3.11 bathyscaphe near the isle of Gogland in the Gulf of Finland visiting Shch-308 Semga submarine which sink in 1942, in Leningrad region, Russia. Executive Director of the Underwater Research Center of the Russian Geographical Society Sergey Fokin, is at left.
Chinese serviceman takes part at the first stage of the international competition for professional training Marine landing 2019 at the Khmelevka firing ground on the Baltic Sea coast in Kaliningrad Region, Russia. Russian, Chinese, Iranian and Venezuelan marines participate in these competitions. The competition is held as a part of the International Army Games 2019 at the Khmelevka training ground of the Baltic Fleet. The track with a total length of more than 10 km was equipped with 30 obstacles (600 m of the track is laid on water).
Supporters of President Maduro's government walk past a giant inflatable figure of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez as they take part in a rally against the new U.S. sanctions in Caracas, Venezuela. U.S. President Donald Trump on August 5 ordered a freeze on all Venezuelan government assets in the United States and barred transactions with its authorities.
People throw tomatoes during the annual "La Tomatina" tomato food fight festival in Bunol, outside Valencia, Spain. Every year on the last Wednesday of August tens of thousands of people throw tomatoes and get involved in a tomato fight as more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets of Bunol.
Muslims gather outside the Pride of Muslims mosque named after the Prophet Mohammed, during an inauguration ceremony in the town of Shali, some 35km (22 miles) southeast of the Chechen capital of Grozny, Russia. The newly opened mosque is the largest in Europe and it can accommodate more than 30,000 people, according to local authorities.
People sing the Russian national anthem during an even marking its 75th anniversary at the Gazprom Arena stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia. On September 1, a choir of more than 20,000 people and a 8,097-man orchestra from 85 Russia's regions gathered to perform the national anthem and set a new world record for a largest orchestra, which was certified by Guinness World Records.
RIA Novosti Ukraine news portal head Kirill Vyshinsky reacts being welcomed by Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency Director General Dmitry Kiselev, right, in Moscow, Russia. Vyshinsky has been arrested and jailed in Ukraine for over 400 days since May 2018 on suspicion of supporting the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics and high treason. Kirill Vyshinsky has been released on bail August 28 and left Kiev as part of simultaneous release of detained and convicted persons by Ukraine and Russia.
Members of the ballet of the Great Moscow State Circus perform during the opening ceremony of the IDOL World Festival of Circus Art in Moscow, Russia. IDOL is one of the most prestigious contests in the circus world and it is traditionally held at the biggest arena in Europe, the Great Moscow State Circus.
Cadets of the Nakhimov naval academy sit in a bus during a welcoming ceremony for crew members of the Russia's Vice-Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine destroyer which arrived at the Severomorsk Naval Base after its service in the Arctic Ocean, in Severomorsk, Russia.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz Bin Salman attend a signing ceremony following a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Saudi Royal palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
A man waves a pro-independence flag next to a burning barricade during protests in Barcelona, Spain. Protests began in Catalonia on Monday, after Spanish Supreme Court ruled to sentence nine Catalan politicians, involved in organizing the 2017 independence referendum, to 9-13 years in prison. This Friday the Catalan activism called for a general strike and tens of thousands arrived in the Catalan capital marching from different places in Catalonia.
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.
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.
Art gallery staff members prepare for the opening of the "I, Maya Plisetskaya" installation marking the 95th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian dancer, in Moscow, Russia. The project is based on the biographical novel of the artist that bears the same title. The installation consists of six rooms representing the main stages of the Plisetskaya's life, which can be visited in any order.
The Tavria train rides through a newly opened railway bridge, which was constructed to connect the Russian mainland with the Crimean peninsula, at the Kerch Strait, Crimea, Russia. The Tavria train, enroute from St. Petersburg to Sevastopol, is the first passenger train to run over the Crimean Bridge. The railway link, one of a pair of parallel bridges connecting Russian mainland and Crimean peninsula over the Kerch Strait, is ready for passenger and cargo traffic.