Seven days in photographs: December 17-23, 2011

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev delivered his final state-of-the-nation address on Thursday before he steps down next year.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev delivered his final state-of-the-nation address on Thursday before he steps down next year.

© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Rodionov / Go to the photo bankRussian President Dmitry Medvedev delivered his final state-of-the-nation address on Thursday before he steps down next year. Medvedev proposed several sweeping reforms that include the return of direct elections for regional governors that were abolished in 2004 by the then president Vladimir Putin, easing the rules for the registration of presidential candidates and political parties as well as the creation of a public TV network that will not be directly influenced by the Kremlin.
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev delivered his final state-of-the-nation address on Thursday before he steps down next year. Medvedev proposed several sweeping reforms that include the return of direct elections for regional governors that were abolished in 2004 by the then president Vladimir Putin, easing the rules for the registration of presidential candidates and political parties as well as the creation of a public TV network that will not be directly influenced by the Kremlin.
© RIA Novosti . Ilya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankNewly elected deputies of the lower house of Russia’s parliament, the State Duma, carried out their first session on Wednesday. The elections that brought four Russian political parties to victory, sparked nationwide popular protests because of alleged mass vote fraud and ballot stuffing in favor of the ruling United Russia party.
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Newly elected deputies of the lower house of Russia’s parliament, the State Duma, carried out their first session on Wednesday. The elections that brought four Russian political parties to victory, sparked nationwide popular protests because of alleged mass vote fraud and ballot stuffing in favor of the ruling United Russia party.
© RIA Novosti . Anatoly Ustinenko / Go to the photo bankKazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev met on Thursday with residents of Zhanaozen, the oil town where 15 people, according to official estimations, were killed last week during oil workers’ protests against wage cuts. Other estimates vary from between 15 and 70. Eyewitnesses said police fired on unarmed protesters, a charge denied by the authorities.
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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev met on Thursday with residents of Zhanaozen, the oil town where 15 people, according to official estimations, were killed last week during oil workers’ protests against wage cuts. Other estimates vary from between 15 and 70. Eyewitnesses said police fired on unarmed protesters, a charge denied by the authorities.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Astapkovitch / Go to the photo bankMoscow policemen detained about 20 people on Wednesday during a rally in front of the parliament building who gathered under the slogan “We didn’t chose them,” referring to the members of the ruling United Russia party that merely retained its majority in the state Duma after allegedly rigged parliamentary polls on December 4.
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Moscow policemen detained about 20 people on Wednesday during a rally in front of the parliament building who gathered under the slogan “We didn’t chose them,” referring to the members of the ruling United Russia party that merely retained its majority in the state Duma after allegedly rigged parliamentary polls on December 4.
© Photo : Press service of EMERCOM Far Eastern Regional Center The Russian Kolskaya drilling oil rig overturned on December 18 with 67 people onboard in the Okhotsk Sea, some 200 kilometers from the Far Eastern Island of Sakhalin. Fourteen people were rescued and 36 more are missing. The death toll now stands at 17.
Photo: a rescue operation near the oil rig wreckage scene.

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The Russian Kolskaya drilling oil rig overturned on December 18 with 67 people onboard in the Okhotsk Sea, some 200 kilometers from the Far Eastern Island of Sakhalin. Fourteen people were rescued and 36 more are missing. The death toll now stands at 17.
Photo: a rescue operation near the oil rig wreckage scene.

© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankRussia’s main New Year tree was put up on Tuesday at the Sobornaya Square near Kremlin.
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Russia’s main New Year tree was put up on Tuesday at the Sobornaya Square near Kremlin.
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