Members of the Armenian team post before an individual race tank biathlon contest in the International Army Games at the Alabino firing range on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)
Members of the Armenian team post before an individual race tank biathlon contest in the International Army Games at the Alabino firing range on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)

A Russian Spectacle of Warfare as Sport

The International Army Games meld battlefield and playing field in a show of might and regional diplomacy.

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Members of the Armenian team post before an individual race tank biathlon contest in the International Army Games at the Alabino firing range on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)
Members of the Armenian team post before an individual race tank biathlon contest in the International Army Games at the Alabino firing range on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)

Members of the Armenian team pose before an individual race of the tank biathlon at the Alabino firing range, 30 miles southwest of Moscow, during the International Army Games on July 31.

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A member of the Serbian team after an individual race of the tank biathlon contest at the International Army Games at Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)
A member of the Serbian team after an individual race of the tank biathlon contest at the International Army Games at Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)

A member of the Serbian team after an individual race of the tank biathlon at the International Army Games at Alabino, Russia, on July 31.

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Syrian military officers support their team during an individual race of the tank biathlon contest at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31
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Syrian military officers support their team during an individual race of the tank biathlon contest at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31 . (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)

Syrian military officers support their team during an individual race of the tank biathlon at the International Army Games in Alabino on July 31.

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Members of the Kyrgyz team on a T-72B3 tank before an individual race in the tank biathlon contest at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)
Members of the Kyrgyz team on a T-72B3 tank before an individual race in the tank biathlon contest at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)

A member of the Kyrgyz team in a T-72B3 tank before an individual race in the tank biathlon at the International Army Games in Alabino on July 31.

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A T-72B3 tank navigates an obstacle at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)
A T-72B3 tank navigates an obstacle at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)

A T-72B3 tank navigates an obstacle at the International Army Games in Alabino on July 31.

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Members of the Belarusian team on a T-72B3 tank before an individual race tank biathlon contest in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)
Members of the Belarusian team on a T-72B3 tank before an individual race tank biathlon contest in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)

Members of the Belarusian team on a T-72B3 tank before an individual race of the tank biathlon at the International Army Games in Alabino on July 31.

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A member the Armenian team holds his beret at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)
A member the Armenian team holds his beret at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)

A member of the Armenian team holds his beret at the International Army Games in Alabino on July 31.

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A member of the Kyrgyz team gears up for an individual race in the tank biathlon contest in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)
A member of the Kyrgyz team gears up for an individual race in the tank biathlon contest in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)

A member of the Kyrgyz team gears up for an individual race in the tank biathlon contest in Alabino on July 31.

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Members of the Vietnamese team ready their equipment for the tank biathlon contest in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)
Members of the Vietnamese team ready their equipment for the tank biathlon contest in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)

Members of the Vietnamese team ready their equipment for the tank biathlon in Alabino on July 31.

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A member of the Tajik team in his tank at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)
A member of the Tajik team in his tank at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)

A member of the Tajik team in his tank at the International Army Games in Alabino on July 31.

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A Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet of the Russian Knights aerobatic team performs ahead of a final relay race of the tank biathlon competition as part of the International Army Games at the Alabino training ground on Aug. 11. (Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)
A Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet of the Russian Knights aerobatic team performs ahead of a final relay race of the tank biathlon competition as part of the International Army Games at the Alabino training ground on Aug. 11. (Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)

A Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet of the Russian Knights aerobatic team performs ahead of a final relay race of the tank biathlon as part of the International Army Games at the Alabino training ground on Aug. 11.

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Members the Serbian team before at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)
Members the Serbian team before at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)

Members of the Serbian team at the International Army Games in Alabino on July 31.

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A member of the Iranian team at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)
A member of the Iranian team at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on July 31. (Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)

A member of the Iranian team at the International Army Games in Alabino on July 31.

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Fireworks at the closing ceremony of the International Army Games at the Alabino training ground on Aug. 11. (Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)
Fireworks at the closing ceremony of the International Army Games at the Alabino training ground on Aug. 11. (Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)

Fireworks at the closing ceremony of the International Army Games at the Alabino training ground on Aug. 11.

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