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Stalingrad victory offers Putin patriotic platform


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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) arrives at the reception in honour of the Battle of Stalingrad in Moscow in this picture provided by Ria Novosti February 1, 2013. Stalingrad will be back on the map for a few hours on Saturday, and Josef Stalin's face will be splashed on buses, as Russia remembers the battle that turned the tide of World War Two. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/Pool