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    Viewers attend a concert on the Red Square, one of the many events dedicated to Russia Day, the annual national holiday of the Russian Federation celebrated on June 12.

    From a London high-rise fire and a strong earthquake on a Greek island to Russia Day celebrations and the "Direct Line with Vladimir Putin" — take a look at this week's events in Sputnik's photo gallery.

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