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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 รณ 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 

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

Russian nationalists shout slogans during "Russian March" demonstration on National Unity Day in Moscow...Russian nationalists shout slogans during a "Russian March" demonstration on National Unity Day in Moscow, Russia November 4, 2015. Russia marks National Unity Day on November 4 to celebrate the defeat of Polish invaders in 1612. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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Russian nationalists shout slogans during “Russian March” demonstration during National Unity Day in Moscow, Russia

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a gala opening match of the Night Hockey League new season in Sochi, Russia, 07 October 2015.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a gala opening match of the Night Hockey League new season in Sochi, Russia on Wednesday

Putin attends a meeting with members of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights in Moscow

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An honor guard opens the door as Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) enters a hall to attend a meeting with members of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday.

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.

A discharged Ukrainian serviceman kisses his girlfriend on a platform of Kiev railway station as he arrived in the capital after one year fighting at the eastern-Ukrainian conflict zone 09 September 2015. Close to 8,000 civilians, Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian separatists have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine since April last year, the UN human rights office said 8 September. The UN said the figures of at least 7,962 people killed and 17,811 wounded were conservative estimates, and the actual numbers could be far higher

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A discharged Ukrainian serviceman kisses his girlfriend on a platform of Kiev railway station as he arrived in the capital after one year fighting at the eastern-Ukrainian conflict zone on Wednesday

Russia's Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Kazakhstan's cosmonaut Aydyn Aimbetov, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Denmark's astronaut Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on September 2, 2015.

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Russia’s Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Kazakhstan’s cosmonaut Aydyn Aimbetov, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Denmark’s astronaut Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on Wednesday

A boy stands by a wall sprayed with a graffiti depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Crimean city of Simferopol on Tuesday.

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A boy stands by a wall sprayed with a graffiti depicting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the Crimean city of Simferopol on Tuesday.

A mobile phone cover with a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and which reads "Mr President"

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A mobile phone cover with a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and which reads “Mr President” is seen in this photo illustration taken a in hotel room in Kazan, Russia