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Russian President Vladimir Putin walks onto the stage to deliver a... News PhotoArts Culture and Entertainment,Dedication,Gala,Horizontal,Majestic,New,One Person,Opening Event,People,President of Russia,Russia,Speech,St. Petersburg - Russia,Stage - Performance Space,Theatrical Performance,Vladimir Putin,WalkingPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPRussian President Vladimir Putin walks onto the stage to deliver a speech during the Grand gala dedicated to the opening of the new stage Mariinsky II theatre in St. Petersburg, on May 2, 2013. Russia's famous Mariinsky theatre in Saint Petersburg was to inaugurate a new ballet and opera house on May 2 in an event coinciding with the 60th birthday of its hugely ambitious and well-connected director Valery Gergiev. AFP PHOPTO / POOL / ANATOLY MALTSEV (Photo credit should read ANATOLY MALTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)