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Vladimir Putin, Sergei Shoigu, Anatoly Sidorov...Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and the commander of the Western Military District Anatoly Sidorov, right, walk upon arrival to watch military exercise near St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, March 3, 2014. Putin has sought and quickly got the Russian parliament's permission to use the Russian military in Ukraine.

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Russian president Vladimir Putin, centre, and defence minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and the commander of the Western Military District, Anatoly Sidorov, right, arrive to watch military exercises near St Petersburg on Monday.

Johnathan Glisson, top, and Ben Davidson, workers for Clark Sales Display, Inc., Tavares, erect the frame of a 48-foot Christmas tree, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in North Straub Park, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The tree consists of 400 lights and 1,500 ornaments. A tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, Nov. 29. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Scott Keeler) TAMPA OUT; CITRUS COUNTY OUT; PORT CHARLOTTE OUT; BROOKSVILLE HERNANDO OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT

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Johnathan Glisson, top, and Ben Davidson, workers for Clark Sales Display erect the frame of a 48 ft Christmas tree in North Straub Park, St Petersburg, Florida. The tree will have 400 lights and 1,500 ornaments. A ceremony to light the tree will be held on Friday. 

Russian airborne veterans and young cadets march along central St. Petersburg on August 2, 2013, celebrating the Day of Paratroops.

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Airborne veterans and young cadets march in central St Petersburg, Russia, on Friday, to celebrate Paratroopers’ Day

A Russian SU-27 combat aircraft performs on July 4, 2013 during the International Maritime Defence Show  in St. Petersburg.

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A Russian SU-27 combat aircraft performs during the International Maritime Defence Show in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Gay rights activists clasp hands as they march during a tradition May Day rally in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, May 1, 2013.  The poster reads : 'We demand the abolition of the homophobic law!'.

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Gay rights activists clasp hands as they march during a traditional May Day rally in St Petersburg, Russia on Wednesday. The poster reads: ‘We demand the abolition of the homophobic law!’