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Mounted cossacks from the Southern Russian city of Volgograd wear period uniforms as they ride along a street during a demonstration of patriotism in Simferopol on June 5, 2015.

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Mounted cossacks from the Southern Russian city of Volgograd wear period uniforms as they ride along a street during a demonstration of patriotism in Simferopol on Friday

A worker washes a monument to famous Russian poet Aleksander Pushkin during preparations to celebrate the 216th anniversary of his birth in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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A worker cleans a monument to Russian poet Aleksander Pushkin during preparations to celebrate the 216th anniversary of his birth in St Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday

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

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Tourists enjoy visiting Red Square in Moscow on Wednesday

Children and honour guards watch a performance during the so-called parade of children's troops in Rostov-on-Don, southern Russia, on Thursday

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Children and honour guards watch a performance during the so-called parade of children’s troops in Rostov-on-Don, southern Russia, on Thursday

70th anniversary of the end of World War II...epa04738576 North Korean tourist poses with a souvenir pillow decorated with an portrait of Kim Jong-un in front of  a poster showing Vladimir Putin and a bear at the Victory park in Moscow, Russia, 08 May 2015.  On May 09 Russia will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Soviet Union and it's Allies over Nazi Germany in WWII.  EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV

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North Korean tourist poses with a souvenir pillow decorated with an portrait of Kim Jong-un in front of a poster showing Vladimir Putin and a bear at the Victory park in Moscow, Russia. On Saturday Russia will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Soviet Union and it’s Allies over Nazi Germany in WWII 

A worker installing a wreath of poppies as a red peak and ribbon on top of the 102-meter Motherland Monument in Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday, May 8, 2015, to mark the anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in WWII. Ukraine is for the first time this year marking two holidays for the WWII victory anniversary, with a day of remembrance on May 8 and Victory Day on May 9. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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A worker installing a wreath of poppies as a red peak and ribbon on top of the 102-metre Motherland Monument in Kiev, Ukraine, to mark the anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in the second world war. 

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.

People bring flowers to the eternal flame on the memorial of the heroic defense of Sevastopol (1941-1942) as Crimeans celebrate the first anniversary of the referendum on Monday in Sevastopol, Crimea . Today marks the first anniversary of the referendum which resulted in the annexation of the territory by Russia

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People bring flowers to the eternal flame on the memorial of the heroic defense of Sevastopol (1941-1942) as Crimeans celebrate the first anniversary of the referendum on Monday in Sevastopol, Crimea . Today marks the first anniversary of the referendum which resulted in the annexation of the territory by Russia

A woman cries as she walks past destroyed houses in the town of Debaltseve, north-east from Donetsk, March 13, 2015.

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A woman cries as she walks past destroyed houses in the town of Debaltseve, north-east from Donetsk on Friday

Ukrainian serviceman walks in front  of self-propelled cannons waiting to be loaded onto a cargo train at the railway station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Artemivsk, Donetsk region, on March 6, 2015. Kiev announced on March 5 it was starting to pull back Grad rocket launchers as part of the next stage of the withdrawal spelt out in the deal struck in Minsk.

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A Ukrainian serviceman walks in front of self-propelled cannons waiting to be loaded onto a cargo train in the eastern Ukrainian city of Artemivsk, Donetsk region, on Friday. Kiev announced on Thursday it was starting to pull back Grad rocket launchers as part of the next stage of the withdrawal agreed in a deal struck in Minsk.

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.

Nadezhda Savchenko...Ukrainian jailed military officer Nadezhda Savchenko, center, reacts as she listens to the court's decision in a cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. A Russian court has rejected an appeal to release a Ukrainian pilot who has been on hunger strike since mid-December. The case of Nadezhda Savchenko has attracted high attention in recent weeks as concerns rise about her health. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Ukrainian jailed military officer Nadezhda Savchenko, centre, reacts as she listens to the court’s decision in a cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia. A Russian court has rejected an appeal to release a Ukrainian pilot who has been on hunger strike since mid-December. The case of Nadezhda Savchenko has attracted high attention in recent weeks as concerns rise about her health. 

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

Russian artist Vasily Slonov carries props he called "Oil Mosquitoes", which are made of stainless steel and glass filled with natural oil, for a demonstration of an installation on a bank of the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk February 25, 2015. Slonov showed his installation called "Mosquitoes exhausting the oil, the blood of the Earth" ahead of the opening the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum on February 26.

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Russian artist Vasily Slonov carries props he calls ‘Oil Mosquitoes’, which are made of stainless steel and glass filled with natural oil, for a demonstration of an installation on beside the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Wednesday. Mr Slonov showed his installation titled ‘Mosquitoes exhausting the oil, the blood of the Earth’ ahead of the opening of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum on Thursday

A Ukrainian serviceman, who fought in Debaltseve, is seen in a bus as he prepares to return home, in Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, February 24, 2015. Pro-Russia separatists said on Tuesday they began withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline in east Ukraine under a ceasefire deal, but the Ukrainian military, which says it won't pull back until fighting stops, reported further shelling.

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A Ukrainian serviceman, who fought in Debaltseve, returns home by bus to Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine on Tuesday

Russian Communist party supporters, holding the flag of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk, and portrait of former Soviet leaders Joseph Stalin (L) and Vladimir Lenin, take part in a rally to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow, on February 23, 2015. Defender of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on February 23, honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday.

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Russian Communist party supporters, holding the flag of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, and portrait of former Soviet leaders Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin, take part in a rally to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow, on Monday. Defender of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia, honours the nation’s military and is a nationwide holiday

The Yakovlevs, a UK based aerobatic team flying Russian designed Yakovlev aircrafts, make a formation in the shape of a heart from a trail of smoke during the third day of Aero India 2015 at Yelahanka air base in Bangalore, India, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Aviation companies from around the world are participating in the five-day event which runs through Feb. 22. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

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The Yakovlevs, a UK based aerobatic team flying Russian designed Yakovlev aircrafts, make a formation in the shape of a heart from a trail of smoke during the third day of Aero India 2015 at Yelahanka air base in Bangalore, India. 

Ukrainian servicemen ride on a tank as they leave area around Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine near Artemivsk February 18, 2015. Weary Ukrainian troops, some in columns, some in cars, began arriving on Wednesday from the besieged town of Debaltseve in Artemivsk, a Reuters witness said.

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Ukrainian troops ride on a tank as they leave Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Wednesday

A pro-Russian rebel checks a destroyed bus in Donetsk. Shelling hit a central bus station in Donetsk on Wednesday and killed at least four people

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A pro-Russian rebel checks a destroyed bus in Donetsk. Shelling hit a central bus station in Donetsk on Wednesday and killed at least four people