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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60th anniversary of the Rome treaties

To mark the occasion, the European Parliament has been holding a “Citizens’ Parliament”, bringing together people from all over the EU to discuss the future of the bloc in the plenary…