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The Aeroflot jet, which carried the Olympic flame from Athens, Greece where it was lit, landed at Moscow Vnukovo airport on Sunday afternoon. The plane was specifically branded as the Sochi 2014 Winter Games jet. (AP video still)(RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pesnya)

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The plane which carried the Olympic flame to Moscow was welcomed by a guard of rifle-bearing soldiers in winter uniforms. The Olympic flame transported to Moscow from Athens was lit in the ancient town of Olympia on September 29. (AP video still)

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The flame was transported in two lanterns anchored inside the jet, which brought them from Athens to Moscow. (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pesnya)

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The Sochi 2014 Olympic flame continues its tour around Russian capital, Moscow, with the torch pictured in front of the Christ the Savior Cathedral on Day 2 of the 22nd Winter Olympics torch relay on October 8, 2013.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at Moscow's Red Square to start the Olympic torch relay across Russia. (AFP Photo / Aleksey Nikolsky)

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In a long, record-breaking relay, the torch will go through 83 Russian regions, 2,900 towns and settlements before it reaches its final destination in the city of Sochi at the brand-new Olympic stadium on the Black Sea resort on February 7, 2014 (AP video still)

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One of three routes for the Olympic flame on October 9, the last day of the Moscow stage of the Sochi Winter Olympics torch relay, passed through the Moscow metro.

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On October 9, the last day of the Moscow stage of the Sochi Winter Olympics torch relay, the Olympic flame was carried in lanterns without torchbearers through notable areas of the city, including Leningradsky railway station.

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Torchbearers pass the Olympic flame to one another during the second day of the Sochi Winter Olympics torch relay in Moscow, on October 8, 2013.

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The record-breaking Olympic Torch Relay kick-started in Russia with a ceremony in Moscow’s Red Square, where the Olympic flame arrived on Sunday. It will now travel 65,000km across the country before reaching the site of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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President Vladimir Putin speaking at the opening ceremony in Moscow's Red Square thanked all the people taking part in the longest Olympic torch relay ever. He said every one of the 14,000 relay participants – which include notable public figures, athletes, teachers, doctors, students and veterans – has “earned the right to become part of Olympic history.” (AP video still)

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"Today can truly be called a historic day for us. We - all Russians - have a right to be proud,” the head of the Russian Olympic delegation Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Kozak said. (Reuters / Ivan Burnyashev )

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Thousands of people greeted the Olympic flame on its way from the airport to Moscow's Red Square, and a big crowd gathered in the city's center to watch the ceremony marking the start of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay in Russia. (Reuters / Sergey Karpukhin)

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Five-time synchronized swimming Olympic Gold medalist, Anastasia Davydova (L), and three-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion in gymnastics, Svetlana Khorkina (R), hold the Olympic torches in front of St.Basil's cathedral just outside the Red Square in Moscow, on October 7, 2013, during a ceremony to kick off the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay across Russia.

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An honor guard salutes as the Olympic flame stands on display after arriving to Moscow's Red Square. (Reuters / Ivan Burnyashev)

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The two lanterns carrying the Olympic flame sat between the head of the Russian Olympic delegation Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Kozak and the head of the Sochi 2014 organizing committee. Dmitry Chernyshenko. (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pesnya)

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Diana Vishnyova, an internationally acclaimed ballet dancer from Saint Petersburg, leaves the Kremlin at the start of Olympic Flame relay for the XXII Winter Olympic Games Sochi 2014 in Russia. (AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov)

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Russian bobsleigh racer, Irina Skvortsova, was among the first 10 torch bearers. Skvortsova has undergone several dozen operations following a high speed collision incident in Germany. During the relay, Irina Skvortsova threw off her crutch to proudly carry the Olympic flame. (AP video still)

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The first people to carry the torch around Kremlin were aspiring Russian ice-skaters Lina Fyodorova, 16, of Moscow and Maksim Miroshkin, 19, of Ekaterinburg. The pair won silver medals at the 2012 Junior Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, and took first place at the 2013 Russian skating championships. (Reuters / Sergey Karpukhin)

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