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A Russian sailor looks through a porthole of the Russian Navy frigate Smolny as the ship leaves the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire...A Russian sailor looks through a porthole of the Russian Navy frigate Smolny as the ship leaves the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, western France, December 18, 2014. A ship carrying the Russian sailors, who have been training for months on a French-built Mistral helicopter carrier, left the French port of Saint-Nazaire on Thursday, with it still unclear whether Paris will finally deliver the ship to Moscow. The sailors arrived in late June at the shipyard to begin training on a first carrier, named Vladivostock, which France was due to deliver to Russia by the last quarter of 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS MILITARY POLITICS)

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Sailors on board Russian Navy frigate Smolny as the ship leaves the STX Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, in Saint-Nazaire, western France. A ship carrying the sailors, who have been training for months on a French-built Mistral helicopter carrier, left the port on Thursday, with it still unclear whether Paris will finally deliver the ship to Moscow.

A woman carries a portrait of Lenin as she walks with the Communist Party members and supporters to place flowers at the Tomb of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, at Moscow's Red Square on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 to mark the anniversary of the Nov. 7, 1917 Bolshevik revolution, which is no longer a public holiday in Russia

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A woman carries a portrait of Lenin as she walks with the Communist Party members and supporters to place flowers at the Tomb of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, at Moscow’s Red Square on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution

People of pro-government groups, with Russian flags, dance marching through downtown Moscow to mark People s Unity Day, a public holiday, in Russia, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

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People of pro-government groups, with Russian flags, dance marching through downtown Moscow to mark People’s Unity Day, a public holiday, in Russia, on Tuesday

A woman rides her bike near famous "Druzhba narodov" ("Friendship of nations") fountain at the VDNKh, a public park and exhibition space, in Moscow, on June 4, 2014. The temperatures in the Russian capital reached today 29 C (84 F).

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A woman rides her bike near the famous Druzhba narodov (“Friendship of nations”) fountain at the VDNKh, a public park and exhibition space in Moscow, on Wednesday. The temperatures in the Russian capital reached 29 degrees

Employees of a food stand take pictures of Titan, a robot created by England Cyberstein Robots, performing at the Danilovsly market in downtown of Moscow, Russia, 12 May 2014. Titan visited to Moscow to attend Bal Rotov, an interactive exhibition of the most recent advances in robotics which will be opened on 15 May in Artplay Moscow exhibition center. Titan worked alongside superstars including Will.i.am, Rihanna, Will Smith and Jackie Chan.

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Titan, a robot created by England’s Cyberstein Robots, walks through Danilovsky market in downtown Moscow, Russia. 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) listens to explanations and looks at an exhibit as he visits the Cosmonautics Memorial Museum in Moscow, Russia, 11 April 2014.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin visits the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow. On Saturday, Russia celebrates Cosmonautics day which marks Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering flight into space.

TOPSHOTS Soldiers of the Presidential Re...TOPSHOTS Soldiers of the Presidential Regiment march during the Change of Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, on April 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images

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Soldiers of the Presidential Regiment march during the Change of Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow 

Models present creations by Russian designer Slava Zaitsev at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia in Moscow...Models present creations by Russian designer Slava Zaitsev at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia in Moscow March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: FASHION)

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Models present creations by Russian designer Slava Zaitsev at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Moscow, Russia

President Vladimir Putin speaks about Crimea...epa04130843 Russia's President Vladimir Putin arrives to sign a treaty with Crimean leaders on reunification with Russia in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, 18 March 2014. Crimea and Sevastopol will join Russia as two separate regions, President Putin said, adding that he would sign treaties immediately.  EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY / POOL

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Russia‘s President Vladimir Putin arrives to sign a treaty with Crimean leaders on reunification with Russia in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, 18 March 2014. Crimea and Sevastopol will join Russia as two separate regions, President Putin said, adding that he would sign treaties immediately.

A woman walks amidst chains as she views an art installation near the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure in Moscow, March 14, 2014.

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A woman walks through an art installation near the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure in Moscow, on Friday

Pro-Kremlin activists hold Russian national, Russian and Soviet naval flags and orange-black flags made of the St. George's Ribbons, a well-known Russian symbol of military valor, during a rally in support of ethnic Russians in Ukraine  in central Moscow, on March 10, 2014. Ukraine sought today urgent Western backing after Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that Crimea had the right to join his country even while hinting at a readiness for dialogue.

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Pro-Kremlin activists hold Russian national, Russian and Soviet naval flags and orange-black flags made of the St George’s Ribbons, a well-known Russian symbol of military valor, during a rally in support of ethnic Russians in Ukraine in central Moscow, on Monday.

Ukrainian recruits line up as they receive military instructions from a commander in a recruitment self defense quarter at Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered tens of thousands of Russian troops participating in military exercises near Ukraine's border to return to their bases as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Kiev. Tensions remained high in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow fired warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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Ukrainian military recruits receive instructions in Kiev’s Independence Square, Ukraine. Tensions remain high in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow firing warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers 

Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol...Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol March 3, 2014. Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow's biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War. Russian forces have already bloodlessly seized Crimea, an isolated Black Sea peninsula where Moscow has a naval base. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)

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Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye, outside Simferopol. Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the west since the Cold War 

Russian punk group Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova looks on as she stands outside Zamoskvoretsky district court in Moscow, on February 24, 2014, during a protest against the trial of eight people accused of instigating mass riots after an opposition rally on Moscow's on Bolotnaya square turned violent on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president in 2012. A Russian court resumed today the sentencing of the eight anti-Putin protesters found guilty of mass riots as police detained dozens of people protesting against the trial.

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Russian punk group Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova looks on as she stands outside Zamoskvoretsky district court in Moscow on Monday during a protest against the trial of eight people accused of instigating mass riots after an opposition rally on Moscow turned violent on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as president in 2012.

Russian women enjoy a skating rink along a boulevard, one of them with a baby carriage in Moscow's Sokolniki Park, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.  The temperature in Moscow is minus 15 Celsius (5 Fahrenheit).

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Russian women skating along a frozen boulevard in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park, Russia. The temperature in Moscow hit minus 15 degrees centigrade on Thursday

Russian President Vladimir Putin enters the St. George Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, on December 12, 2013, to deliver an annual state of the nation address.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin enters is at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, to deliver the annual state of the nation address

Bazarova and Larionov of Russia perform during the pairs short skating program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup in Moscow

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Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov of Russia perform during the pairs short skating programme at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup, in Moscow on Friday

Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms prepare to parade in Red Square in front of a backdrop of St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Thousands of Russian soldiers and military cadets marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic World War II parade. The show honored the participants of the Nov. 7, 1941 parade who headed directly to the front lines to defend Moscow from the Nazi forces. The parade Thursday involved about 6,000 people, many of them dressed in World War II-era uniforms.

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Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army second world war uniforms prepare to parade in Red Square against a backdrop of St Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday. The soldiers marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic second world war parade.

Russian soldiers wearing WWII-era white winter camouflage smocks, holding skis and carrying Mosin rifles stand at Red Square in Moscow, during a rehearsal of the upcoming military parade marking the 72nd anniversary of the November 7, 1941, parade, when Red Army troops marched past the Kremlin and then went directly to the front line to fight the German army which was at the gates of the Russian capital.

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Russian soldiers in second world war-era winter camouflage smocks carry skis and rifles in Red Square, Moscow, during a rehearsal for the forthcoming military parade to mark the 72nd anniversary of the November 7 1941 parade. Then, Red Army troops marched past the Kremlin and continued directly to the front line to fight the German army, which was at the gates of the Russian capital.

Nationalist demonstrator wears a masks as others carry a banner reading "Today a Mosque - tomorrow Jihad" at left,  during a march to mark National Unity Day, in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Several thousand Russian nationalists rallied Monday in Moscow, venting against the migrants they accuse of pushing up the crime rate and taking their jobs. The protest took place on the national holiday of Unity Day, established in 2005 to replace commemorations of the Bolshevik Revolution.

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Nationalist demonstrator wears a mask as others carry a banner reading ‘Today a Mosque – tomorrow Jihad’, during a march to mark National Unity Day, in Moscow, Russia. Several thousand Russian nationalists rallied in Moscow on Monday, venting against the migrants they accuse of pushing up the crime rate and taking their jobs.