The 150km Velikoretsky procession – in pictures

Pilgrims take part in the Velikoretsky procession, one of the largest in Russia, held from 3-8 June every year to venerate the icon of St Nicholas discovered, as legend has it, on the bank of the Velikaya River in the 14th century. The route, from Kirov to the village of Velikoretskoye and back, measures a total of 150km (93 miles) and attracts thousands of believers

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