Ringing in the Holidays

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Tens of thousands of people cheering on Red Square as fireworks usher in the new year in the early hours of Jan. 1.

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A girl watching fireworks explode during festivities on Red Square on Jan. 1.

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Putin attending an Orthodox Christmas Eve church service in Veliky Ustyug.

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Young people celebrating New Year's with skates and Ded Moroz costumes on an outdoor rink on Red Square.

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Putin touring Ded Moroz's home in Veliky Ustyug on Monday. The town claims to be the home of Grandfather Frost.