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Paratroopers' Day celebrated across Russia

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A woman hugs a Russian paratrooper in the far eastern port of Vladivostok on Tuesday. Russians celebrate paratrooper day on Tuesday, a tradition carried over from Soviet times.

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Paratroopers march across the Red Square while celebrating a Russian Paratroopers' Day in Moscow on Tuesday, with St. Bazil's cathedral in background. Russian Paratroopers' Forces celebrate the 81th anniversary of their creation.

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Russian paratroopers throw one of their colleagues in the air while celebrating Paratroopers Day in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, August 2.

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A Russian paratrooper carries a Russian Orthodox icon during a ceremony on Moscow's Red Square on Tuesday. Russians celebrated Paratroopers' Day on Tuesday, a tradition to honour the elite troops, carried over from Soviet times.

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