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Putin visits massive military drills in eastern Siberia

President Vladimir Putin visits Russia’s largest-ever military drills in eastern Siberia, where he said Moscow planned to strengthen the country’s armed forces.

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Police arrest protester in Saint Petersburg

A man is arrested during a demonstration against pension reform in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Plans to hike the retirement age have led to a rare outburst of public anger and seen President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings take a hit, despite some efforts to water down the changes. IMAGES

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Tens of thousands mourn murdered Ukraine rebel ‘hero’

Tens of thousands of mourners throng the streets in Ukraine’s rebel stronghold of Donetsk to pay their final respects to an assassinated separatist leader, who was praised as a “brother” and a “hero” by an aide of Vladimir Putin.