A Syrian man holding portraits of President Bashar Assad and Russian leader Vladimir Putin joins several hundred pro-government demonstrators near the Russian embassy in Damascus on Tuesday to express support for Moscow's air war in Syria. Two rockets later struck the embassy compound and sparked panic among the crowd. No one was killed.
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Anna Akhmatova, who lived from 1889 to 1966, was a beacon of artistic courage in the face of repression during Soviet times. Her work is now receiving renewed attention.
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The Russian leader, shown here as "Vladimir Vladimirovich Buddha," was depicted as various pop culture heroes and religious, mythical and historical figures at a Moscow exhibition on Wednesday, his 63rd birthday.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (center left) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (center right) arrive for the opening of the Army-2015 international military show outside Moscow in June.
Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov (right), was recently convicted of terrorism charges in Crimea dating to last year, when Russia seized the territory from Ukraine. A Russian military court sentenced him to 20 years in one of several cases that have drawn criticism from human rights groups. He's shown here at a hearing at Moscow's Lefortovo District Court on Dec. 26, 2014.