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Orthodox Mark Christmas Holiday

Here are some of the images from RFE/RL's broadcast region as Orthodox Christians around the world mark Christmas on January 7.

The Christmas service at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.
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The Christmas service at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.

People hold hands during a Christmas celebration after an Orthodox service in the village of Sosnovka, near the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek.
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People hold hands during a Christmas celebration after an Orthodox service in the village of Sosnovka, near the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek.

Burning Yule logs and fireworks are seen in front of the Sokolica church on Orthodox Christmas eve, in Ravna Romanija, in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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Burning Yule logs and fireworks are seen in front of the Sokolica church on Orthodox Christmas eve, in Ravna Romanija, in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Belarusian security forces take part in a service near an Orthodox church at a military base in Minsk.
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Belarusian security forces take part in a service near an Orthodox church at a military base in Minsk.

President Vladimir Putin attends an Orthodox Christmas service at a local cathedral in the Russian village of Otradnoye, in the Voronezh region.
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President Vladimir Putin attends an Orthodox Christmas service at a local cathedral in the Russian village of Otradnoye, in the Voronezh region.

A woman lights a candle at a Christmas Mass in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
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A woman lights a candle at a Christmas Mass in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Georgian flags fly outside the Trinity Cathedral during Christmas Mass in Tbilisi.
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Georgian flags fly outside the Trinity Cathedral during Christmas Mass in Tbilisi.

A woman lights a candle during the Orthodox Christmas Eve mass at St. Volodymir Cathedral, in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
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A woman lights a candle during the Orthodox Christmas Eve mass at St. Volodymir Cathedral, in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

In Cetinje, Montenegro, a Yule log symbol is burned on Christmas Eve.
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In Cetinje, Montenegro, a Yule log symbol is burned on Christmas Eve.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and wife Svetlana attend an Orthodox Christmas service at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and wife Svetlana attend an Orthodox Christmas service at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.

An Orthodox priest leads Christmas Eve Mass at the Aleksandr Nevsky Cathedral in the Crimean city of Simferopol.
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An Orthodox priest leads Christmas Eve Mass at the Aleksandr Nevsky Cathedral in the Crimean city of Simferopol.

People attend a ceremonial burning of dried oak branches, a Yule log symbol, for Orthodox Christmas Eve in front of a church in Smederevo, 60 kilometers east of Belgrade, Serbia.
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People attend a ceremonial burning of dried oak branches, a Yule log symbol, for Orthodox Christmas Eve in front of a church in Smederevo, 60 kilometers east of Belgrade, Serbia.

Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (2nd L) and his wife Maryna (3rd L) meet with traditional Christmas carol singers at a state residence in the settlement of Huta in Ivano-Frankivsk region, western Ukraine, January 6, 2015
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Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (2nd L) and his wife Maryna (3rd L) meet with traditional Christmas carol singers at a state residence in the settlement of Huta in Ivano-Frankivsk region, western Ukraine, January 6, 2015

Christmas Mass in Bishkek
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Christmas Mass in Bishkek

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