This week in photos: Putin, Lukashenko hit the slopes and Medvedev tours TASS virtual expo

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Members of a winter swimming club bathe in an ice hole on Lake Boyarskoye, Tomsk, February 10
© Taisiya Vorontsova/TASS

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko take a ski lift to the slopes to enjoy some mountain skiing at the Gazprom Mountain Resort in Sochi, February 13

Traditional mass skiing competition “Ski-track of Russia,” just outside Moscow, February 9. About 20,000 skiing amateurs as well as famous sportsmen compete in the 10 km race
© AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov

African penguins compete for a heart shaped valentine at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, February 12. The hearts were handed out to the penguins who naturally use similar material to build nests in the wild
© AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

A visitor views an exhibition of photographs by Yuri Rost, titled “People”, at the 11th Moscow International Biennale, Fashion and Style in Photography, at Moscow’s Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, February 12
© Sergei Fadeichev/TASS

A bird flies by in front of Pope Francis while he holds the Angelus’ Prayer from a window of his office overlooking Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican City, February 10

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, TASS Russian News Agency General Director Sergei Mikhailov and State Tretyakov Gallery General Director Zelfira Tregulova view a virtual exhibition of Russian artist Ilya Kabakov, made by TASS, Sochi, February 14
© Alexander Astafyev/Russian Government Press Office/TASS

Outside view of the Maraya concert hall in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, February 10
© Valery Sharifulin/TASS

Locals from Jiexi Jiantan village perform a ritual of ‘Zha Laoye’, or ‘Cracking local spirits’, in Chaoshan, China, February 10

The Christian Cowan collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, February 12
© AP Photo/Richard Drew

Lindsey Grispin gives her whippet named Lizzy a massage before they compete in the Best of Breed event at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, February 11
© AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

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