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Russian Cossacks kick up their heels to welcome rafting season

Russian Cossacks perform a traditional dance with sables during the annual three-day-long Mansky festival, dedicated to the opening of the amateur rafting season on the Mana river near the settlement of Beret, Russia, June 22. Local nature lovers and devotees of the festival have gathered for more than 30 years to travel by self-made rafts and to take part in the overnight festivities.