Oct 5, 2013, 1:10 PM EST
The Russian Olympic torch relay will begin in Moscow on Monday, eight days after the flame was taken from the Ancient Olympic site of Olympia, Greece.
The flame wrapped up its Greek journey in and around Athens on Friday and Saturday. The official handover was held at the 1896 Olympic site of Panathinaiko Stadium. A few dozen activists staged a peaceful protest against Russia’s anti-gay law, according to The Associated Press.
On Monday, the longest Olympic torch relay will begin in Russia. It will cover 40,000 miles and also go on trips to the North Pole and the International Space Station before the Sochi cauldron is lit at the opening ceremony Feb. 7.
On Sunday, Russian president Vladimir Putin will take part in a ceremony at Red Square in Moscow, welcoming the Olympic flame to the capital, according to R-Sport.
The Moscow leg of the torch relay will last two days. The torchbearers will include two-time Olympic hockey champion Slava Fetisov and seven-time Olympic gymnastics medalist Svetlana Khorkina.
Here are some photos from the Olympic flame’s trip to Athens:
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