A man carries a boy who was injured in a school seized by heavily armed masked men and women in the town of Beslan in the province of North Ossetia near Chechnya, September 3, 2004
A man carries a painting during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in the village of Temnolesskaya, about 30 km (19 miles) from Stavropol, January 19, 2008.
Couples kiss during a flashmob organised by a local television station on the eve of Valentine's Day in the southern Russian city of Stavropol February 13, 2012.
Homeless women look on during the baptism of former homeless alcoholic Sergei Ratov in a spring in the southern Russian city of Stavropol May 30, 2011. The Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit is a group of around 70 reformed alcoholics and drug users who have built a rehabilitation centre outside Stavropol, with the support of the Orthodox church.
Georgian Interior Ministry troops seized in the village of Vanati kneel in central Tskhinvali, capital of the breakaway province of South Ossetia, July 8, 2004. Up to 50 Georgian Interior Ministry troops were seized in South Ossetia, police said on Thursday, raising tensions in the breakaway region that seeks close ties to Russia.
Military vehicles drive during a drill conducted by Russian airborne troops at a firing ground near the settlement of Sadovyi outside the southern city of Stavropol March 15, 2012.
An icon hangs on the wall, with dirt from the floods marked on it, in the town of Krymsk in Krasnodar region, southern Russia, July 8, 2012. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered investigators to find out if enough was done to prevent 144 people being killed in floods in southern Russia after flying to the region to deal with the first big disaster of his new presidency.
Workers attach a pre-election poster featuring Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, appealing to people to vote for the United Russia political party, onto an office building in the southern city of Krasnodar November 24, 2011.
A tattooed drunk grimaces at a sobering-up station in Russia's southern city of Stavropol, November 12, 2009. Many of Moscow's sobering-up stations, of which there were plenty in the days of the Soviet regime, have been closed down due to lack of money.
Riot police run as they prepare to break up an unauthorised "demonstration" during a drill in the centre of the southern Russian city of Stavropol February 19, 2008.
A doctor examines a group of conscripts for the Russian Army at a recruiting station in Stavropol in southern Russia May 17, 2005.
A girl looks through a bus window in the morning hours of January 29, 2007, in Russia's southern city of Stavropol. The temperature dropped to minus 9 Celsius (15.8 Fahrenheit) on Monday.
A student of the General Yermolov Cadet School is pictured after jumping with parachute from an airplane, as the moon is seen in the sky, in the village of Novomaryevskaya outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, May 13, 2016.
A police woman plays with a dog during the celebrations for the City Day in Nevinomyssk, in Stavropol region, Russia September 16, 2017.
A Terek Cossack performs with sabres at the traditional Cossack games outside the village of Arkhonskaya, in the Republic of North Ossetia, Russia, March 18, 2017.
People sit in front of a World War Two monument before a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany in 1941 in the Russian southern city of Stavropol, June 22, 2013.
People watch a participant perform during the "Perfect pole" pole dance championship of North Caucasus Federal District at the "Onegin" restaurant in Stavropol, southern Russia, November 9, 2014.
A cadet holds a model of a sword in front of a goalpost as he trains at the stadium of the General Yermolov Cadet School in Stavropol, Russia, November 9, 2017.
Members of the Nekrasov Cossack community, who are descended from the Don Cossacks and are Orthodox Old Believers, attend the Easter eve service at the Church of the Assumption in the settlement of Novokumsky, in Stavropol region, Russia April 7, 2018.