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Moscow Marks Russia Day

June 12 marks Russia Day: a national holiday that sees Muscovites flock to festivities and firework shows across the city.

First celebrated in 1992, the date commemorates when the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic first declared state sovereignty in 1990.

But 30 years on, the holiday is not only being celebrated in Russia itself — but also in Ukrainian towns and cities occupied by Russian troops.

Russia media is under attack.

At least 10 independent media outlets have been blocked or closed down over their coverage of the war in Ukraine.

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