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Kids throw snowballs, play with grenade launchers during Defender of the Fatherland Day

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A child standing on a cannon watches a firework during celebration of Defenders of the Fatherland Day in downtown St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. The Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on Feb. 23, honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday.

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A dog looks out of its cage at the Belarussian border guard's base near the Belarus-Poland border in a forest near the village of Kamenuki, some 360 km (224 miles) south-west of Minsk, Feb. 23, 2012. Belarus marked the Defender of the Fatherland Day on Tuesday.

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A child throws snow balls at a member from a historical military club who is wearing a Nazi German uniform in the World War II battle reconstruction during celebration of Defenders of the Fatherland Day in St. Petersburg.

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Children play with a grenade launcher during a celebration of Defenders of the Fatherland Day in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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People take part in a rally to support presidential candidate and Russia's current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the Luzhniki stadium on the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow Feb. 23, 2012. Russia will go to the polls for a presidential election on March 4.

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