A Look at Life in Russia

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Entertainors at Russian international military expo Army Expo 2022 at Patriot park in Kubinka, Moscow, Russia, on August 20, 2022. (Photo for The Washington Post)


Pantsir-S - Air defense missile/gun system. Russian international military expo Army Expo 2022 at Patriot park in Kubinka, Moscow, Russia, on August 20, 2022. (Photo for The Washington Post)


A girl with Russian grenade launcher. Russian international military expo Army Expo 2022 at Patriot park in Kubinka, Moscow, Russia, on August 20, 2022. (Photo for The Washington Post)


A child enjoys cooling jets as a municipal services' truck sprays water on the Dvortsovaya Square in Saint Petersburg, on August, 24, 2022, as temperatures hit near 30 degrees Celsius. (Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP Photo)


Russian actor Dmitri Dyuzhev poses during the opening ceremony of the 44th Moscow International Film Festival in Moscow, Russia, Friday, August 26, 2022. (Photo by AP Photo/Stringer)


Russian soldiers march along the Red Square during the “Spasskaya Tower” international military music festival at the Red Square in Moscow on August 26, 2022. (Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP Photo)


A woman folds a beach umbrella during sunset at the seashore at the Curonian Spit, a 98 kilometers long thin curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast near Lesnoy village, 50 km (32,5 miles) north of Kaliningrad, the westernmost federal subject of Russia, Sunday, August 28, 2022. Hot weather continues in the Kaliningrad region with temperatures and comes up to 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo)


In this handout photo taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Monday, August 29, 2022, Chinese soldiers arrive to the Grodekovo railway station to participate in war games drills, in Grodekovo, Primorsky Krai, Russia. Russia said Monday it will launch sweeping war games drills in the country's east that will involve forces from China – a show of increasingly close military ties between Moscow and Beijing amid tensions with the West over the Kremlin's action in Ukraine. (Photo by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP Photo)


Fireworks burst behind two-headed eagle, Russia's coat of arms atop the State historical museum during the “Spasskaya Tower” international military music festival at the Red Square in Moscow on August 30, 2022. (Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP Photo)

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A woman walks past an emblem of the USSR which was removed from Leninsky avenue after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, displayed at the Modern History Sculpture Museum park in Moscow on August 31, 2022. Mikhail Gorbachev, who changed the course of history by triggering the demise of the Soviet Union and was one of the great figures of the 20th century, died in Moscow on August 30, 2022 aged 91. (Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP Photo)


A picture shows a portrait of the last leader of the Soviet Union and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev, displayed in his memory in his office at the Gorbachev Foundation headquarters in Moscow, on August 31, 2022. Mikhail Gorbachev, who changed the course of history by triggering the demise of the Soviet Union and was one of the great figures of the 20th century, died in Moscow on August 30, 2022, aged 91. (Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP Photo)


A woman walks upstairs as journalists visit the office of the Gorbachev Foundation following the death of the final leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow, Russia on August 31, 2022. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


Employees transfer the coffin with the remains of the late former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev for a farewell ceremony to the Hall of Columns of the House of Trade Unions in Moscow, Russia, 03 September 2022. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev died on 30 August 2022 at the age of 91 in Moscow Central Clinical Hospital. Gorbachev initiated numerous reforms during his tenure. He signed a nuclear arms treaty with the United States and withdrew the Soviet Union from the Soviet-Afghan war. His policies created freedom of speech and press, and decentralized fiscal policy planning and execution to increase efficiency. Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union, overseeing Russia transition from one party rule to a fragile democracy. (Photo by Maxim Shipenkov/EPA/EFE)


People walk past the coffin of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev inside the Pillar Hall of the House of the Unions during a farewell ceremony in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. Gorbachev, who died Tuesday at the age of 91, will be buried at Moscow's Novodevichy cemetery next to his wife, Raisa, following a farewell ceremony at the Pillar Hall of the House of the Unions, an iconic mansion near the Kremlin that has served as the venue for state funerals since Soviet times. (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo)


A man holds a book with Mikhail Gorbachev portrait as he stands in line to attend a farewell ceremony in front of the building of the Hall of Columns, where a farewell ceremony for the last leader of the Soviet Union and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev is taking place in Moscow on September 3, 2022. Last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev will be laid to rest Saturday in a Moscow ceremony, but without the fanfare of a state funeral and with the glaring absence of President Vladimir Putin. (Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP Photo)


People stand in line to attend a farewell ceremony in front of the building of the Hall of Columns, where a farewell ceremony for the last leader of the Soviet Union and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev is taking place in Moscow on September 3, 2022. Last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev will be laid to rest Saturday in a Moscow ceremony, but without the fanfare of a state funeral and with the glaring absence of President Vladimir Putin. (Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP Photo)


An Orthodox priest leads the service as Irina Virganskaya, daughter of former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev (L), her husband Andrey Trukhachev (C) and daughter Anastasia Virganskaya stand behind the coffin during funeral at Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, Russia on September 3, 2022. (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via Reuters)


People lay flowers to the grave of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev during his funeral at Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, Russia on September 3, 2022. (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via Reuters)

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A sailor of the Marshal Shaposhnikov anti-submarine destroyer takes part in the “Vostok-2022” military exercises at the Peter the Great Gulf of the Sea of Japan outside the city of Vladivostok on September 5, 2022. The Vostok 2022 military exercises, involving several Kremlin-friendly countries including China, takes place from September 1-7 across several training grounds in Russia's Far East and in the waters off it. Over 50,000 soldiers and more than 5,000 units of military equipment, including 140 aircraft and 60 ships, are involved in the drills. (Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP Photo)
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