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Sharapova of Russia serves to compatriot Panova during their women's singles match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne

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Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to compatriot Alexandra Panova during the women’s singles second-round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne on Wednesday. Sharapova defeated Panova to win the match.

TOPSHOTS A man walks through heaps of wa...TOPSHOTS A man walks through heaps of waste as seagulls flock over a garbage dump in the Crimean city of Sevastopol on January 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YURI LASHOVYURI LASHOV/AFP/Getty Images

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Seagulls flock over a rubbish dump in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. 

Russian Cossacks, dressed in a traditional uniform, guard the territory outside the Kazan Cathedral, where an Orthodox Christmas service is held, under a heavy snowfall in Stavropol, southern Russia

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Russian Cossacks in traditional uniform guard the territory outside the Kazan Cathedral, where an Orthodox Christmas service is held under a heavy snowfall in Stavropol, southern Russia

A Russian sailor looks through a porthole of the Russian Navy frigate Smolny as the ship leaves the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire...A Russian sailor looks through a porthole of the Russian Navy frigate Smolny as the ship leaves the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, western France, December 18, 2014. A ship carrying the Russian sailors, who have been training for months on a French-built Mistral helicopter carrier, left the French port of Saint-Nazaire on Thursday, with it still unclear whether Paris will finally deliver the ship to Moscow. The sailors arrived in late June at the shipyard to begin training on a first carrier, named Vladivostock, which France was due to deliver to Russia by the last quarter of 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS MILITARY POLITICS)

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Sailors on board Russian Navy frigate Smolny as the ship leaves the STX Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, in Saint-Nazaire, western France. A ship carrying the sailors, who have been training for months on a French-built Mistral helicopter carrier, left the port on Thursday, with it still unclear whether Paris will finally deliver the ship to Moscow.

A pro-Russian rebel holds a toy gun in Donetsk December 18, 2014.

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A pro-Russian rebel holds a toy gun in Donetsk, the disputed region in Ukraine, on Thursday

Central Bank of the Russian Federation

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Russian currency dropped to 100 roubles to the euro on Tuesday, after Russia’s central bank made a surprise move on Monday night to raise interest rates to 17%

A pro-Russian-separatist patrols the street in front of Russian humanitarian trucks in Makiivka (Makeyevka) in Donetsk region, December 12, 2014. According to Russian media, over 50 trucks arrived in Donetsk while another 80 trucks arrived in Luhansk

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A pro-Russian-separatist patrols the street in front of Russian humanitarian trucks in Makiivka (Makeyevka) in Donetsk region on Friday

Miners return from their shift at the Kalinina coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russian rebels on December 1, 2014. Official statistics shows the country needs a million tonnes of anthracite coal per month to feed its power stations. By November 24, only 1.8 million tonnes were left in the reserves. Russia announced it was stopping coal supplies to Ukraine last week, claiming "force majeure" but offering no explanation.

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Miners return from their shift at the Kalinina coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russian rebels on Monday

Military honour guard stand outside the main building of the new Presidential Palace complex after a welcome ceremony for Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Putin arrived in Turkey for a one-day visit and met with Erdogan at his huge new palace on once-protected farm land and forest in Ankara, becoming the second foreign dignitary after the Pope Francis to be hosted at the lavish, 1000-room complex.

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Military honour guard stand outside the main building of the new Presidential Palace complex after a welcome ceremony for Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ankara, Turkey. Putin arrived in Turkey for a one-day visit and met with Erdogan at his huge new palace on once-protected farm land and forest in Ankara on Monday

A woman walks in heavy snowfall in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok, December 1, 2014.

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A woman walks in heavy snowfall in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok on Monday

An aerial view of a 30-meter wide sinkhole that has appeared 3.5 kilometers east of the Uralkali Solikamsk-2 potash mine in the Perm region, Russia.

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An aerial view of a 30m wide sinkhole that has appeared 3.5km east of the Uralkali Solikamsk-2 potash mine in Russia’s Perm region

Ground personnel work on November 10, 20...Ground personnel work on November 10, 2014 next to the Soyuz TMA-13M capsule, carrying International Space Station (ISS) crew members of Alexander Gerst of Germany, Maxim Surayev of Russia and Reid Wiseman of the United States, after its landing near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan. A veteran Russian cosmonaut and two International Space Station crewmates, one from the United States and one from Germany, returned safely to Earth on November 10 with a parachute landing of their Soyuz capsule in Kazakhstan, ending 5,5 months in orbit.    AFP PHOTO / POOL / SHAMIL ZHUMATOVSHAMIL ZHUMATOV/AFP/Getty Images

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Ground personnel work on the Soyuz TMA-13M capsule, carrying International Space Station crew members Alexander Gerst of Germany, Maxim Surayev of Russia and Reid Wiseman of the US, after its landing near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan. 

A woman carries a portrait of Lenin as she walks with the Communist Party members and supporters to place flowers at the Tomb of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, at Moscow's Red Square on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 to mark the anniversary of the Nov. 7, 1917 Bolshevik revolution, which is no longer a public holiday in Russia

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A woman carries a portrait of Lenin as she walks with the Communist Party members and supporters to place flowers at the Tomb of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, at Moscow’s Red Square on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution

People of pro-government groups, with Russian flags, dance marching through downtown Moscow to mark People s Unity Day, a public holiday, in Russia, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

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People of pro-government groups, with Russian flags, dance marching through downtown Moscow to mark People’s Unity Day, a public holiday, in Russia, on Tuesday

Mechanic and welder Sergei Kulagin tests the "Alien Samurai", an electro-mechanical mobile robot, outside an automobile repair workshop in the town of Divnogorsk...Mechanic and welder Sergei Kulagin, 32, tests the "Alien Samurai", an electro-mechanical mobile robot made by Kulagin using used car components, outside an automobile repair workshop in the town of Divnogorsk outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, October 15, 2014. Enthusiast Kulagin, who works as a mechanic of an automobile service station, created about twenty sculptures made of used car parts and components during his non-working hours.

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Mechanic and welder Sergei Kulagin, 32, of Divnogorsk, Siberia, tests the Alien Samurai, an electro-mechanical mobile robot he made from used car components

Ferrari Formula One mechanics push the car of Kimi Raikkonen of Finland during the first free practice session of the Russian F1 Grand Prix in the Sochi Autodrom circuit.

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Ferrari Formula One mechanics push the car of Kimi Raikkonen of Finland during the first free practice session of the Russian F1 Grand Prix in the Sochi Autodrom circuit.

A pro-Russian separatist fires an automatic grenade launcher from his position during fighting with Ukrainian government forces near the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk...A pro-Russian separatist fires an automatic grenade launcher from his position during fighting with Ukrainian government forces near the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, October 9, 2014.

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A pro-Russian separatist fires an automatic grenade launcher from his position during fighting with Ukrainian government forces near the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

A woman and a child pass graffiti bearing a message against the military conflict in the eastern regions of Ukraine, in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok, October 8, 2014. The graffiti reads, "No to war in Ukraine".

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A mother and child pass graffiti in Russia’s far-eastern city of Vladivostok that bears a message against the conflict in the eastern regions of Ukraine. The graffiti reads: “No to war in Ukraine”.

Fishermen row a boat loaded with mullet near the fishing farm in the Crimean village of Olenivka. Russian wheat has made a surprise early exit from key global export markets, despite the country's near-record crop, after domestic prices rose in the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis. Moscow in early August imposed a one-year ban on all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28 European Union countries, Canada, Australia and Norway.

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Fishermen row a boat loaded with mullet near the fishing farm in the Crimean village of Olenivka. Russian wheat has made a surprise early exit from key global export markets, despite the country’s near-record crop, after domestic prices rose in the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis

Angry farmers dump cauliflowers in front of the prefecture building of Saint-Brieuc, northwestern France, as riot policemen onwatch, on September 24, 2014, as part of a protest against falling prices and revenues, as the vegetable sector is being hit by a drop in prices, and by a Russian embargo on Western products due to the crisis in Ukraine.  AFP PHOTO / FRED TANNEAU

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Angry farmers dump cauliflowers in front of the prefecture building of Saint-Brieuc, northwestern France, as riot police look on. The farmers are protesting against falling prices and revenues, as the vegetable sector is being hit by price drops, and by a Russian embargo on western products.