The Bolshoi Theater

epaselect epa10103063 Dancers perform during the dress rehearsal of 'Forever Timeless', Leonid Yacobson's Ballet Masterpieces the Saint-Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre production at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, 02 August 2022. Tour of the Saint-Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will run from 02 to 07 August. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

100 Days of War in Ukraine

epa09991206 (FILE) - Russian President Vladimir Putin enters the Red Square to attend the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia, 09 May 2022 (reissued 03 June 2022). 04 June 2022 marks 100 days since on 24 February 2022 Russian troops invaded Ukrainian territory in what the Russian president declared a "Special Military Operation", starting an armed conflict that has provoked destruction and a humanitarian crisis. According to the UNHCR, more than 6.8 million refugees have fled Ukraine, and a further 7.7 million people have been displaced internally within Ukraine since. The Russian invasion was met by Western countries with heavy economic sanctions against Russian companies and individuals, as well as weaponry deliveries and financial support to Ukraine. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET *** Local Caption *** 57665895

General rehearsal for Victory Day parade in Moscow

epa09931153 Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Day military parade general rehearsal in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, 07 May 2022. The Victory Day military parade will take place 09 May 2022 in the Red Square to mark the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in World War II. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Eid al-Fitr prayer in Moscow

epa09922121 Police officers stand guard while Muslims attend the Eid al-Fitr morning prayer outside Central Sobornaya Mosque in Moscow, Russia, 02 May 2022. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the three days festival marking the end of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr is one of the two major holidays in the Islamic calendar. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Gas explosion at an apartment building in Stupino

epa09884318 Rescuers work at apartment building after a gas leak explosion in the town of Stupino, about 100 km from Moscow, Russia, 11 April 2022. Two people were killed and five injured in the gas leak explosion at a five-story building. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Finland vs Russia

epa08897394 Members of a Russian Military chorus, wearing protective face masks, perform prior to the Euro Hockey tour Channel One Cup match between Russia and Finland in Moscow, Russia, 20 December 2020. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

The joint military anti-terrorist exercise Peace Mission-2021

epa09482869 Russian servicemen display military camouflage equipments during the joint military anti-terrorist command and staff exercise of the armed forces of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states Peace Mission-2021 at the Donguz training ground in the Orenburg region, Russia, 23 September 2021. More than 3.4 thousand servicemen from Russia, India, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and more than 600 units of weapons, military and special equipment are involved in the exercise Peace Mission-2021. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Parliamentary elections in Russia

epa09474799 An elderly man examines a ballot at his home during a visit of mobile election committee members in Podolsk outside Moscow, Russia, 18 September 2021. Elections of deputies of the State Duma, governors, deputies of the regional and city runs from 17 September to 19 September. The main voting day will take place on 19 September, Voting in the State Duma takes place in one round according to a mixed system - 225 deputies must be elected from party lists and 225 deputies - from single-mandate constituencies. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Lokomotiv Moscow vs FC Salzburg

epa08855727 Lokomotiv's Vladislav Ignatyev (up L) scuffles with Salzburg players Andreas Ulmer (R) and goalkeeper Cican Stankovic (front) during the UEFA Champions League group A soccer match between Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Salzburg in Moscow, Russia, 01 December 2020. EPA-EFE/Maxim Shipenkov / POOL

Covid-19 pandemic in Moscow

epaselect epa09320284 A woman begs for alms on the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, 03 July 2021. In order to contain the spread of Covid-19 infections, Moscow's authorities imposed a ban to serve people without QR-codes confirming vaccination against Covid-19 at public caterings, including people recovering from coronavirus Covid-19 disease within six months before the visit, or negative PCR test taken no earlier than 72 hours before the visit. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

International Space Station expedition 58/59 launch

epa07205780 The Russian Soyuz booster rocket FG with Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft lifts off from the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, 03 December 2018, carrying the expedition 58/59 crew members, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain, to the International Space Station (ISS). EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

The International Space Station (ISS) expedition 58/59

epa07205533 Member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 58/59, CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques makes the heart gesture as he attends a send-off ceremony before the launch of the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, 03 December 2018. Expedition 58-59 crewmembers Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain are scheduled to launch on the Soyuz MS-11 to the International Space Station (ISS) on 03 December 2018. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV / POOL

The Caucasus 2020 strategic command and staff exercise

epa08691004 A Russian tank T-72B3 fires during the Kavkaz-2020 (The Caucasus 2020) military exercises at the range Raevsky in Krasnodar region, Russia, 23 September 2020. The Caucasus 2020 strategic command and staff exercise involving Russian Armed Forces and military troops from other countries take place from 21 to 26 September at the Russian internal ranges of the Southern Military District and in the waters of the Black and Caspian seas. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

The leaders of Turkey, Germany, France and Russia meet in Istanbul

epa07124880 Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2-L), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2-R) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R), react after their press conference during the Syria summit in Istanbul, Turkey, 27 October 2018. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron met in Istanbul to plan a political resolution for the conflict in Syria. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV / POOL

The 2021 EWF European Weightlifting Championships

epa09116489 Sanne Bijleveld of The Netherlands in action during the women's 59kg category at the 2021 EWF European Weightlifting Championships, in Moscow, Russia, 05 April 2021. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Moscow

epaselect epa07797069 Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (front R) watch demonstration flights during the opening of the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia, 27 August 2019. Turkish President is on a short working visit in Russia. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV/POOL / POOL

Daily life in Moscow

epaselect epa07689092 The sun shines through the clouds on Kremlevskiy Proyezd street as people walk in front of the Kremlin (background C) in downtown Moscow, Russia, 02 July 2019. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

An unauthorized protest in support of Navalny in Moscow

epa08960016 Russian special police units officers clash with protesters during an unauthorized protest in support of Russian opposition leader and blogger Alexei Navalny, in Moscow, Russia, 23 January 2021. Navalny was detained after his arrival to Moscow from Germany on 17 January 2021. A Moscow judge on 18 January ruled that he will remain in custody for 30 days following his airport arrest. Navalny urged Russians to take to the streets to protest. In many Russian cities mass events are prohibited due to an increasing number of cases of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

'Grand Prix De Russie' Snowboard World Tour in Moscow

epa08260803 Moritz Amsuess of Austria in action during the 'Grand Prix De Russie' Snowboard World Tour competition in Moscow, Russia, 29 February 2020. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Luge World Championships in Sochi

epa08219478 Gold medalists Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken of Germany react in the finish area during the men's Doubles Final at FIL Luge World Championships in Sochi, Russia, 15 February 2020. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Women's FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Nizhny Tagil

epaselect epa07445070 Nika Kriznar of Slovenia in action during the women's FIS Ski Jumping World Cup event in Nizhny Tagil, Russia, 17 March 2019. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia

epa07080379 Models pose for a selfie in a mirror hexagon backstage during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia in Moscow, Russia, 12 March 2018. The fashion week runs until 17 March. EPA-EFE/Maxim Shipenkov

CSKA Moscow vs Herbalife Gran Canaria

epa07385720 Ondrej Balvin (L) of Gran Canaria in action against Othello Hunter (R) of CSKA Moscow during the Euroleague basketball match between CSKA Moscow and Herbalife Gran Canaria in Moscow, Russia, 21 February 2019. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Freestyle Skiing - Beijing 2022 Olympic Games

epa09755765 Laura Peel of Australia performs in the Women's Freestyle Skiing Aerials final at the Zhangjiakou Genting Snow Park at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games, Beijing municipality, China, 14 February 2022. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

COVID-19 pandemic in Russia

epaselect epa09710167 A nurse prepares a syringe with a dose of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination point at the State Department Store GUM in front of Spaskaya tower of Moscow Kremlin, Russia, 26 January 2022. According to the national coronavirus information center, over the past 24 hours, a record number of 74,692 cases of the coronavirus infection have been detected in Russia. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Drugs addiction - a challenge for Taliban government to root out the menace from the society

epa09682195 (16/19) Drug addicts who have been rounded up by the Taliban from different areas of the capital, receive treatment at the detoxification ward of the Avicenna Medical Hospital for Drug Treatment in Kabul, Afghanistan, 15 December 2021 (issued 13 January 2022). Homeless Afghans addicted to drugs gather underneath bridges to take drugs and are often rounded up, beaten and forcibly taken to treatment centres by the Taliban to avoid visible casualities in harsh winter conditions. The ward in Kabul has some 350 staff and can cater to around 1,000 patients. Yet it is occupied by around 3,500 drugs addicts who have been brought there by the Taliban. A handful of rehabilitation centers are run by private charity in other cities as well. Afghanistan is one of the leading producers of heroin and methamphetamine in the world. Most of the drugs produced are exported to the world's black markets. However, a significant proportion of drugs are deposited within the country. The recent withdrawal of NATO forces and the return of the Taliban in August 2021 resulted in the end of foreign financial support, the blocking of the country's foreign assets and the eventual collapse of the economy. For most Afghan addicts, drugs are a way to hide from unsolvable problems. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa09682179

New Year's Eve celebrations in Moscow

epaselect epa09661857 Fireworks light the night sky over the Kremlin and an empty Red Square to mark the New Year in Moscow, Russia, 01 January 2022. The Red Square is closed for the mass New Year celebration on the night of December 31 to January 01 due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in Moscow. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

New Year's Eve celebrations in Moscow

epaselect epa09661746 Russian policemen guard the empty Red Square on New Year's eve in Moscow, Russia, 31 December 2021. The Red Square is closed for the mass New Year celebration on the night of December 31 to January 01 due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in Moscow. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Shiite Muslims mosque security during Friday prayers

epa09647129 A Taliban security official, deputed on security of Shiite Muslims Mosque during Friday congregational prayers, offers prayers after Shi'ite Muslims finished offering their prayers, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 17 December 2021. The fear of terror attacks has become a daily reality for Afghanistan's Shia Hazara minority, as they go about their daily lives, while coming out of school, praying at the mosque or in an urban transport vehicle. At least 80 and 60 people were killed respectively and hundreds injured in suicide bombings against Shia mosques claimed by IS militants, on two consecutive Fridays in the northern Kunduz and southern Kandahar province in recent weeks. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Cultural phenomenon Bacha Posh in Afghanistan to raise a daughter as a boy

epaselect epa09645193 Afghan girl Khatira (L), 7, whose male name is Shakir, as she is being raised as a boy by her family as part of an old tradition called 'Bacha Posh' sits with her father Mohammadullah (R) showing a childhood picture of her, at their home in Kabul, Afghanistan, 16 December 2021. 'Bacha Posh' is a term that means 'dressed as a boy' and refers to a widely followed practice in parts of Afghanistan of raising a girl as a boy for part of her childhood before puberty. The practice is a way for families to preserve the patriarchal system and gender norms. This method is used when families want to have a son but do not have one, so they dress their daughter as a son. Shakir's father Muhammdullah has two more daughters and work as a painter on daily wages. He takes Shakir's along at work to train her as a painter in a hope that she will be able to help the family when he is no longer able to work due to old age. Shakir's only attend to Madarasa, an Islamic seminary to get education of the holy Koran and basic principals of Islam, she never went to school as her family fear she would be bullied. The value of male children in Afghanistan is due to the role that boys can play in the household’s economic productivity. Since women and girls are not allowed to move freely, boys can be involved in income generation more easily than female members of the household. 'Bacha Posh' also enables greater female mobility within households. During the Taliban's first regime a female was not allowed to go outside of her home without being accompanied by a 'Mahram' a term used for a male relative. Bacha Posh can play the role of mahram, going out in public with their sisters, mothers and other female relatives. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET
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