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In Photos: Long-Awaited Spring Arrives in Moscow

Following weeks of bitter winter weather that held its grip on Russia’s capital despite the start of calendar spring, Muscovites finally have a chance to enjoy some warmer temperatures and sunshine.

This winter season was marked by record-setting snowfalls and some of the coldest temperatures Moscow has seen in recent years, making the springtime’s arrival all the more exciting.

Here is a closer look at residents of Russia’s capital enjoying rays of spring sunshine: