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Reliving the News Highlights of Summer 2019 in Russia (in Pictures)

Sept. 1 in Russia marks the beginning of the school year for Russian students and the unofficial start of fall. But with summer barely behind us, we’re not ready to let the season go just yet.

The past three months have been tumultuous ones for Russia. It seemed like the country was simultaneously burning, drowning and protesting — but also celebrating and having fun. This summer’s high-profile stories ranged from the colorful to the absurd, and from historic natural disasters to equally historic political protests.

Here's a look at the most memorable moments: