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Hundreds of Muscovites Brave the First Snow for Yandex's New Smart Speaker

More than 1,000 people flocked to the Yandex tech company's flagship store in Moscow on Wednesday with hopes of becoming one of the first to get their hands on the new mini version of its “smart” speaker.

The Russian tech company had announced that anyone could exchange their old audio equipment for the new Yandex.Station Mini. As a result, neither rain nor snow could stop these tech fans from bringing their vintage audio devices in an effort to make their houses more modern and "smart."

Here's a look at those who came and what they brought:

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