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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

Participants reenact the 1812 Battle of Borodino between Russia and the invading French army during anniversary celebrations near Moscow, Russia

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Participants re-enact the 1812 Battle of Borodino between Russia and the invading French army during anniversary celebrations near Moscow, Russia

Cadets of the Russian Nakhimov Naval Academy attend a ceremony at the start of the school year known as 'Day of Knowledge' in St. Petersburg, Russia, 01 September 2016. Nakhimov Naval Academy was established in 1943 to prepare young men for training in higher naval education and follow-up service in the Navy as an officer and named after the great Russian naval commander Admiral Pavel Nakhimov, the Hero of the Crimean War

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Cadets of the Russian Nakhimov Naval Academy attend a ceremony at the start of the school year known as ‘Day of Knowledge’ in St Petersburg, Russia on Thursday

Putin attends a meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in St. Petersburg, Russia, August 9, 2016.  REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in St. Petersburg, Russia

Mikoyan MiG-29 jet fighters of Strizhi aerobatic team fly in formation during International Army Games 2016 in Dubrovichi outside Ryazan

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Mikoyan MiG-29 jet fighters of the Strizhi (Swifts) aerobatic team fly in formation during the International Army Games 2016, in Dubrovichi outside Ryazan, Russia, 

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.

epa05383038 Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) lays flowers during a wreath-laying ceremony in the Alexander Garden near the Kremlin wall in Moscow, Russia, 22 June 2016, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Nazi German invasion into the then Soviet Union territory on 22 June 1941.  EPA/GRIGORY DUKOR / POOL

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Russian President Vladimir Putin lays flowers during a wreath-laying ceremony in the Alexander Garden near the Kremlin wall in Moscow to mark the 75th anniversary of the Nazi German invasion into the then Soviet Union territory on 22 June 1941 

A Russian soldier patrols the roof of the ExpoForum Convention ahead of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2016 (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. The 20th anniversary St. Petersburg International Economic Forum which brings together heads of state and governments, political leaders, leading experts and global company executives runs from June 16-18. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

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A Russian soldier patrols the roof of the ExpoForum Convention ahead of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2016 (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia 

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

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

Marina Litvinenko, widow of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, reads a statement outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. British judge Robert Owen is set to release Thursday the findings of a lengthy public inquiry into the 2006 poisoning death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. One day in 2006, Litvinenko a former KGB agent who claimed to know dark Kremlin secrets had tea with two Russian men at the hotel. Three weeks later, he died of radioactive poisoning ó after making a deathbed claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered his killing. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Marina Litvinenko, widow of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, reads a statement outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London. British judge Robert Owen is set to release Thursday the findings of a lengthy public inquiry into the 2006 poisoning death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. 

A Russian Orthodox believer bathes in an ice water in a pond to mark Epiphany outside Simferopol, Crimea, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Water that is blessed by a cleric on Epiphany is considered holy and pure until next year's celebration, and is believed to have special powers of protection and healing. The Russian Orthodox Church follows the old Julian calendar, according to which Epiphany falls on Jan. 19.  (AP Photo/Alexander Polegenko)

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A Russian Orthodox believer bathes in a pond to mark Epiphany outside Simferopol, Crimea. Water that is blessed by a cleric on Epiphany is considered holy and pure until next year’s celebration, and is believed to have special powers of protection and healing

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a training session of the Night Hockey League at the Galaktika center in Krasnaya Polyana on Wednesday

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Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a training session of the Night Hockey League at the Galaktika center in Krasnaya Polyana on Wednesday

A motor boat sails along the Yenisei River, with the air temperature at about minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit), outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Tuesday

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A motor boat sails along the Yenisei River, with the air temperature at about minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit), outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Tuesday

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

Protesters shout slogans and hold a poster depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading "Putin, killer!" during a demonstration against Russia on November 27, 2015, in Fatih district in Istanbul. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on November 27 said that Ankara has crossed the line by shooting down a Russian warplane this week and warned the incident could severely undermine Turkey's interests

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Protesters shout slogans and hold a poster depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading “Putin, killer!” during a demonstration against Russia on Friday, in Fatih district in Istanbul

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