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A Cossack guard stands in front of Crimea's regional parliament building in Simferopol on March 12, 2014. Pro-Moscow lawmakers in Crimea voted for independence from Ukraine on March 11 in a precursor to a referendum this weekend for the region to become part of Russia..  AFP PHOTO/ Filippo MONTEFORTEFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

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A Cossack guard stands in front of Crimea’s regional parliament building in Simferopol

A Cossack militiaman attacks Nadezhda Tolokonnikova as she and fellow members of the punk group Pussy Riot, including Maria Alekhina, center, in the pink balaclava, stage a protest performance in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. The group had gathered in a downtown Sochi restaurant, about 30km (21miles) from where the Winter Olympics are being held. They ran out of the restaurant wearing brightly colored clothes and ski masks and were set upon by about a dozen Cossacks, who are used by police authorities in Russia to patrol the streets.

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A Cossack militiaman attacks Nadezhda Tolokonnikova as she and fellow members of the punk band Pussy Riot, including Maria Alekhina, centre, in the pink balaclava, stage a protest performance in Sochi, Russia. The group had gathered in a downtown restaurant, about 30km from where the Winter Olympics are being held.