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Russias President Vladimir Putin (R) mee...Russias President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Chinas President Xi Jinping before the G20 summit on September 5, 2013 in Saint Petersburg. Russia hosts the G20 summit hoping to push forward an agenda to stimulate growth but with world leaders distracted by divisions on the prospect of US-led military action in Syria.    AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALEXANDER NEMENOVALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meets China’s President Xi Jinping before the G20 summit in St Petersburg. Russia, the summit host, is hoping to push an agenda to stimulate growth, but divisions among world leaders about the prospect of US-led military action in Syria are likely to dominate the meeting. 

TOPSHOTS A demonstrator wears a t-shirt ...TOPSHOTS A demonstrator wears a t-shirt with a picture of a rouged Vladimir Putin as he takes part in a protest against the new Russian law on homosexuality in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 20, 2013. The protest march went from Christiansborg Castel to the Russian Embassy in Copenhagen.  AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX/ BAX LINDHARDT   DENMARK OUTBAX LINDHARDT/AFP/Getty Images

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A demonstrator wears a T-shirt with a picture of a rouged Vladimir Putin as he takes part in a protest against the new Russian law on homosexuality in Copenhagen, Denmark. The protest march went from Christiansborg Castle to the Russian Embassy in Copenhagen. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin (3rd R, front) walks with monks as he visits the Ivolginsky "datsan", a Buddhist monastery, near Verkhnyaya Ivolga village in the Republic of Buryatia, April 11, 2013.

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Vladimir Putin, Russian president, walks with monks during his visit on April 11 2013 to Ivolginsky “datsan”, a Buddhist monastery near Verkhnyaya Ivolga village in the Republic of Buryatia

Russin President Vladimir Putin plays with his dogs 'Buffy' (R) and 'Yume' (L) at his countryside residence Novo-Ogariovo, outside Moscow, Russia, 10 April 2013. Bulgarian shepherd dog 'Buffy' was presented to Putin by his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov whilke the Japanese Akito Inu dog 'Yume' (translated as Dream) was sent him as a gratitude gift of the Japanese Akita Prefecture for Russia's help during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin plays with his dogs Buffy (on the right) and Yume at his countryside residence Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow, on April 10 2013. Bulgarian Shepherd Dog Buffy was presented to Mr Putin by his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov, while the Japanese Akita Inu dog Yume (translated as Dream) was sent to him as a gift by the Japanese Akita Prefecture for Russia’s help during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.