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    • Cadets of Krasnodar Aviation High Military School Attend the Parachute Training Class in Krasnodar, Russia
    • Female Cadets During Physical Training Class at Krasnodar Aviation High Military School
    • Cadets During Class at Krasnodar Aviation High Military School
    • Graduates of Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation at Red Square, Moscow
    • Cadets at Krasnodar Aviation High Military School
    • Military Servicemen During General Rehearsal of the Military Parade at Red Square, Moscow
    • Aviation Cadet of Krasnodar Aviation High Military School Sits at the Residence Hall
    • Female Cadets Attend a Physical Training Class at Military-Space Academy in Saint Petersburg
    • Aviation Cadets at Krasnodar Aviation High Military School Canteen
    • Female Cadets of Police College During Graduation Ceremony on the Verge of Defender of the Fatherland Day
    • Female Cadet at Military Barrack of Krasnodar Aviation High Military School
    • Female Cadet  During Training Using Training Complex at Krasnodar Aviation High Military School
    • Female Cadets During Training at A.F. Mozhaysky Military-Space Academy
    • Participant During Beauty and Professional Skill Contest Among Women Serving at Missile Forces
    • Female Cadet Cleans Floor at the Residential Halls of A.F. Mozhaysky Military-Space Academy
    • Rehearsal of the Parade Dedicated to  76th Anniversary of the Military Parade Held on 7 November 1941
    • Female Cadets at Military-Space Academy in Saint Petersburg
    • Female Cadet During Training Using New L-410 Aircraft Training Complex at Krasnodar at Aviation High Military School
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    Cadets of the Krasnodar Aviation High Military School attend a parachute training class, in Krasnodar, Russia.

    Ahead of International Women's Day which is one of the main holidays celebrated in Russia, Sputnik has compiled for you a selection of photos showing incredible Russian ladies who decided to pursue a high-powered and challenging career in the military.

    Completing their respective courses and graduating from aviation, space and military schools in Russia, the women were taught to apply and master incredibly difficult but outstanding skills, overcome challenges and insurmountable obstacles so they can carry out jobs which were previously only considered suitable for men. 

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