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In pictures: Skating on Red Square
Tradition and novelty

Moscow is experiencing one of its warmest Decembers on record, with temperatures mostly above freezing. But Muscovites are still enjoying a traditional Russian winter pastime - outdoor ice skating.

For the first time an ice rink has been set up on Red Square, which for most of the 20th Century was better known for Soviet military parades and political rallies.

Words and first five pictures by Martin Vennard, BBC.

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