Street animators wearing fancy costumes take a break on a bench in a park in Stavropol, Russia March 14, 2021. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
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. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
A boy and a girl wearing red neckerchiefs, the symbol of the Young Pioneer Soviet-era organisation, play with a horn during a ceremony opening a Russian history interactive museum in Pyatigorsk, Russia September 11, 2020. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
An Orthodox priest conducts a religious service to commemorate millions of Russians who were killed in the purges under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in Stavropol October 30, 2007. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
A Shaolin monk balances his body on a spearhead during a martial arts performance in Elista, the capital of the southern Russian region of Kalmykia July 7, 2007. Picture taken July 7, 2007. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
A man carries a painting during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in the village of Temnolesskaya, about 30 km (19 miles) from Stavropol, January 19, 2008. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
Members of Russia’s riot police, OMON, are reflected in a puddle during training in the southern Russian city of Stavropol February 5, 2008.
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. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
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. Russians will vote in Parliamentary elections on December 4. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
A man bathes in icy water of Kravtsovo lake at air temperatures of -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) outside the southern Russian town of Stavropol January 19, 2006. Across Russia, Orthodox believers marked Epiphany on Thursday by immersing themselves in icy water regardless of the weather and temperatures well below zero. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
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. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
Russian Cossacks, dressed in a traditional uniform, guard the territory outside the Kazan Cathedral, where an Orthodox Christmas service is held, under a heavy snowfall in Stavropol, southern Russia January 7, 2015. Most Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar on January 7, two weeks after most western Christian churches that abide by the Gregorian calendar. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
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. Up to 100 bodies were seen lying in a Russian school gymnasium after troops stormed the building to end a two-day siege, a British ITV News reporter said on Friday, after Russian soldiers battled Chechen separatists to end the two-day-old school siege as naked children ran out screaming amid explosions and machinegun fire. Pictures of the Year 2004 REUTERS/Eduard Kornienko
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. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
A view shows a monument to Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in the village of Kazinka in Stavropol region, Russia February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
People wearing fancy costumes walk near a skating rink past signs requesting to use protective face masks and to keep a social distance amid the coronavirus disease (COVID 19) outbreak, as heavy fog covers a square named after Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Stavropol, Russia December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
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. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
A priest baptises a child at Novopyatigorsk lake near the Russian southern town of Pyatigorsk June 19, 2013. About 80 people were baptized by a Russian orthodox church during the ceremony on Wednesday. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
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. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
A participant rests ahead of his performance at a regional bodybuilding championship in Stavropol, southern Russia, April 10, 2016. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
A man wears a gas mask during a live action role-playing game based on the computer game «Stalker», near the village of Sengileyevskoe in Russia’s southern Stavropol region March 21, 2009. The scenario of the game is set in the radioactive exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor after a second fictional disaster where the player has to fight for survival by fending off mutant creatures and dangerous anomalies. Some 70 gaming enthusiasts took part in the role play. Picture taken March 21, 2009. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
Participants prepare backstage during a local bodybuilding championship in Krasnodar, Russia September 19, 2020. Picture taken September 19, 2020. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
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. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
A drug addict plays football at the Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in the village of Temnolesskaya, some 30 km (19 miles) from Stavropol, November 13, 2010. The centre was founded in 2004 and built by former drug addicts with the support of Orthodox church. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
Vitaly Kaloyev (C), who was convicted of killing an air traffic controller linked to a 2002 mid-air collision, drinks vodka after arriving in his home town of Vladikavkaz in southern Russia November 14, 2007. Kaloyev was released from jail and flew back to Russia on Monday. Kaloyev, who lost his wife and children in the crash, had expected to be set free after a Swiss court last week upheld a ruling to cut his sentence to five years and three months, of which he had already served two-thirds. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
A musician from a military band rests before an official ceremony at a military base in the Russian southern city of Stavropol, May 6, 2013.
Russian conscripts (centre L and R), wearing military uniforms, bid farewell to acquaintances at a local railway station before their departure in Stavropol, in southern Russia, May 15, 2013. The conscripts will serve in Moscow in the Kremlin regiment, also known as Presidential regiment, which is part of the Federal Guard Service. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
A doctor examines a group of conscripts for the Russian Army at a recruiting station in Stavropol in southern Russia May 17, 2005.
Workers decorate a Christmas tree at Lenin’s Square as a plane passes by in Stavropol December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
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. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
Women dressed in folk costumes dance behind empty shopping trolleys during a food fair in Stavropol, September 21, 2014. Local farmers and factories offer their products to customers at the fair, according to local media. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
An Orthodox priest blesses Russian paratroopers marching during Paratroopers’ Day celebrations, the annual holiday of Russian Airborne Troops, at their military unit in the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, August 2, 2017. REUTERS/ Eduard Korniyenko
People take a mud bath during the «Iron mud» festival in the town of Zheleznovodsk, in Stavropol region, Russia August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
Miners gather inside an elevator before descending into the Vorgashorskaya mine near the far northern city of Vorkuta, Russia September 17, 2018.
Students of the General Yermolov Cadet School carry their Kalashnikov automatic rifles as they attend a field training outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, June 13, 2015. Students aged from 10 to 17 took part in this exercise. The General Yermolov Cadet School in Stavropol is a state-run institution that teaches military and patriotic classes for in addition to a normal syllabus. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
A combine harvests wheat in a field in the settlement of Novokavkazsky in the Stavropol region, Russia, July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
Sheep graze in a field in the village of Divnoye, in Stavropol region, Russia February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin holds up a heart during an annual question and answer session at the Kremlin in Moscow February 14, 2008. Cupid’s arrow struck Putin during his annual news conference on Thursday, St Valentine’s Day, as he mixed fiery outbursts with flirtatious banter. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
A woman walks her dog during snowfall in Stavropol, Russia March 12, 2021. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko