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In pictures: Russian life
Russian soldiers saluting (Viktor Vasenin, Kommersant)
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The Russian newspaper Kommersant has marked its 15th anniversary with a photo exhibition in Moscow. Here Russian soldiers salute an officer. (Viktor Vasenin, Kommersant.)
Russian ex-President Boris Yeltsin and French President Jacques Chirac watch Davis Cup final, 2002  (Dmitry Azarov/Kommersant)
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A winning shot - Boris Yeltsin and Jacques Chirac watch Davis Cup tennis final, 2002 (Dmitry Azarov/Kommersant).
Moscow mayor Yuriy Luzhkov prepares to TV broadcast, 1997 (Yury Shtukin/Kommersant)
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Softly softly - Moscow mayor Yuriy Luzhkov prepares for TV broadcast, 1997 (Yury Shtukin/Kommersant).
Election billboard in war-shattered Grozny, Chechnya  (Ilya Pitalev, Kommersant)
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'Clean intentions - strong power' reads an election billboard in war-torn Grozny, 2003 (Ilya Pitalev/Kommersant).
Nikita Mikhalkov speaks to a nun, 1999 (Vasiliy Shaposhnikov/Kommersant)
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Russian icon - celebrated film director Nikita Mikhalkov champions Orthodox Christian values, 1999 (Vasiliy Shaposhnikov/Kommersant).
Mstislav Rostropovich conducts the US National Orchestra, 1994 (Eddie Opp, Kommersant)
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The sound and fury - Mstislav Rostropovich conducts the US National Orchestra, 1994 (Eddie Opp/Kommersant).
Cherie Blair and Lyudmila Putin at a children's book exhibition in Moscow, 2003 (Aleksey  Kudenko, Kommersant)
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First ladies - Lyudmila Putin and Cherie Blair at a children's book exhibition in Moscow, 2003 (Aleksey Kudenko/Kommersant).
A water mains bursts after torrential rain, 2001 (Konstantin Krupenin/Kommersant).
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A water mains bursts after torrential rain, 2001 (Konstantin Krupenin/Kommersant).
Prisoner search at top-security prison, 2000 (Dmitry Lebedev, Kommersant)
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Behind bars - a convict serving life is searched at a top-security prison, 2000 (Dmitry Lebedev/Kommersant).
Aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska at an arts exhibition, 2004 (Aleksandr Sidorov, Kommersant)
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The oligarch and the muses - aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska at an arts exhibition, 2004 (Aleksandr Sidorov/Kommersant).




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