Hundreds of people gathered in Gorky Park in Moscow to celebrate the pagan Maslenitsa festival, which marks the end winter. Traditionally scarecrows made ​​of straw are burned on this occasion, but in Moscow organisers of the ceremony decided to set fire to a fake bear lair, which burned down to reveal a fake bear inside. This was intended to symbolize the animal’s awakening, as a bear is commonly used as an emblem to represent Russia.

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Military drills in Murmansk

Russian soldiers held military exercises in Murmansk on Tuesday (25 April) in order to highlight the army’s readiness to fight in severe weather conditions.