Russia is observing a day of mourning for the victims of Saturday’s plane crash in which 224 people died.
Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg, the destination of the doomed flight, has become a focal point for flowers, soft toys and reflection.
For some the emotion was almost too much:
“Its a nightmare for the whole country, everybody is involved. I was my duty to come here. My feelings are beginning to overwhelm me,” said one man who had paid his respects.
Over half of those that perished in Egypt came from St Petersburg, Russia’s second city.
In honour of those that died a memorial service went ahead at the city’s impressive Kazan Cathedral where the names of the victims were read out.
State flags flew at half- mast and TV stations changed their schedules.