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A red star sits illuminated above a fortified tower at the Kremlin palace complex in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Russia is realistic about limits on the prospects for an immediate improvement in relations with the U.S. after President-elect Donald Trump takes office, according to President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

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A red star sits illuminated above a fortified tower at the Kremlin palace complex in Moscow, Russia. Photo Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg 

Russian police officers stand guard as people take part in a demonstration on National Unity Day in central Moscow, Russia

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Russian police officers stand guard as people take part in a demonstration on National Unity Day in central Moscow, Russia. Photo Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Participants attend the 20th meeting of the World Russian People's Council at a hall in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow on November 1, 2016. The Council is an annual gathering of members of the Orthodox clergy, religious, political and public leaders, military officials and activists of various youth organisations. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images

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Participants attend the 20th meeting of the World Russian People’s Council at a hall in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow. The Council is an annual gathering of members of the Orthodox clergy, religious, political and public leaders, military officials and activists of various youth organisations. Photo Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

A traffic sign is seen behind Russian Muslims

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A traffic sign is seen behind Russian Muslims praying outside the central mosque in Moscow on Tuesday, during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 9, 2016.

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Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia today.

Vladimir Putin...Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures after speaking to the media after his marathon call-in TV show in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States must abandon its "imperial ambitions" and treat Russia as an equal partner. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures after speaking to the media after his marathon call-in TV show in Moscow, Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow

Russian Communist Party supporters carry a portrait of late Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin as they take part in a memorial ceremony to mark the 92st anniversary of his death at Red Square in central Moscow on January 21, 2016.

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Russian Communist Party supporters carry a portrait of late Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin as they take part in a memorial ceremony to mark the 92nd anniversary of his death at Red Square in central Moscow on Thursday

People walk across Red Square, with St. Basil's Cathedral seen in the background, in central Moscow on December 22, 2015. The temperatures in the Russian capital reached today 6 C (42 F)

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People walk across Red Square, with St. Basil’s Cathedral seen in the background, in central Moscow on Tuesday. The temperatures in the Russian capital reached as low as 6 C (42 F)

TOPSHOT - Russian Communist party supporters hold portraits of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin as they take part in a ceremony to mark the 136th anniversary of his birth at Red Square in Moscow on December 21, 2015.

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Russian Communist party supporters hold portraits of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin as they take part in a ceremony to mark the 136th anniversary of his birth at Red Square in Moscow on Monday

Moscow says Russian fighter jet shot down over Syrian-Turkish border ...epa05039460 A still image made available on 24 November 2015 from video footage shown by the HaberTurk TV Channel shows a burning trail as a plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border, over north Syria, 24 November 2015. A Russian fighter jet was shot down 24 November over the Turkish-Syrian border, the Defence Ministry in Moscow said, according to Interfax news agency. The Sukhoi Su-24 was reportedly downed by Turkish forces, Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported, citing sources in the presidency. The report said that the jet violated Turkish airspace and ignored warnings. It crashed in the north-western Syrian town of Bayirbucak, Turkish security sources were quoted as saying.  EPA/HABERTURK TV CHANNEL MANDATORY CREDIT: HABERTURK TV CHANNEL

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A burning trail a seen on a Russian fighter jet after it was shot down over Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday. The Defense Ministry in Moscow said The Sukhoi Su-24 was reportedly downed by Turkish forces 

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British ESA astronaut Timothy Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and US NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra prepare to get into Soyuz space craft simulator prior to pass final exams in the Russian cosmonaut training center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, on Friday

From L: US astronaut Tim Kopra, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and British astronaut Tim Peake pose in front of Russian Souyz space vehicle simulator during a preflight training session at the Gagarin Cosmonauts' Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow

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From L: US astronaut Tim Kopra, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and British astronaut Tim Peake pose in front of Russian Souyz space vehicle simulator during a preflight training session at the Gagarin Cosmonauts’ Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow

People walk across Red Square during a snowfall in Moscow on October 9,

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People walk across Red Square during a snowfall in Moscow on Friday

An Interior Ministry member stands guard near the Moscow Grand Mosque before an opening ceremony in Moscow

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An Interior Ministry member stands guard near the Moscow Grand Mosque before an opening ceremony in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday. The new mosque, which was erected on the site of the city’s original mosque built in 1904 and which has been under reconstruction since 2005, will be able to accommodate up to 10,000 people simultaneously, according to local media.

Tourists enjoy visiting Red Square in Moscow on May 20, 2015.

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Tourists enjoy visiting Red Square in Moscow on Wednesday

A man takes a picture of Russian Air Force fighter jets as they fly over Moscow during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade which will take place at Moscow's Red Square on May 9, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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A man takes a picture of Russian Air Force fighter jets as they fly over Moscow during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade which will take place at Moscow’s Red Square on Saturday 

Ukrainian military pilot Nadezhda Savchenko stands inside a defendants' cage as she attends a court hearing in Moscow April 17, 2015. Pro-Russian separatists battling Kiev's forces captured Savchenko last June and handed her over to Moscow, where she is being held on charges of aiding the killing of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine

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Ukrainian military pilot Nadezhda Savchenko stands inside a defendants’ cage as she attends a court hearing in Moscow. Pro-Russian separatists battling Kiev’s forces captured Savchenko last June and handed her over to Moscow, where she is being held on charges of aiding the killing of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks out of a detention center in Moscow, Russia, 06 March 2015. Navalny was released after spending 15 days in custody for handing out leaflets in the subway.

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks out of a detention centre in Moscow, Russia on Friday. Mr Navalny was released after spending 15 days in custody for handing out leaflets in the subway.

Relatives and friends pay their respects as they stand close to the coffin of Boris Nemtsov during a farewell ceremony in Moscow on March 3, 2015. Russia vowed on March 2 to find the killers of outspoken opposition leader Boris Nemtsov as fresh details emerged about the most shocking political assassination during Vladimir Putin's rule. Nemtsov's body will lie in state on March 3 at the Andrei Sakharov rights centre in Moscow, followed by his burial at the city's Troekurovskoye cemetery.

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Relatives and friends pay respects as they stand close to the coffin of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow on Tuesday. Russia vowed to find the killers of the opposition leader as details emerge about the most shocking political assassination to take place during Vladimir Putin’s rule