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<p>People toast as they celebrate New Year's Day in Red Square in Moscow January 1, 2011.  REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky </p>

People toast as they celebrate New Year's Day in Red Square in Moscow January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky

People toast as they celebrate New Year's Day in Red Square in Moscow January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky

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<p>Boys cool themselves in a fountain at All-Russian Exhibition Centre in Moscow July 16, 2010.  REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov</p>

Boys cool themselves in a fountain at All-Russian Exhibition Centre in Moscow July 16, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

Boys cool themselves in a fountain at All-Russian Exhibition Centre in Moscow July 16, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>A waiter sets tables in a private members' club on the 59th floor of the Federation Tower complex in Moscow October 21, 2008. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov </p>

A waiter sets tables in a private members' club on the 59th floor of the Federation Tower complex in Moscow October 21, 2008. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

A waiter sets tables in a private members' club on the 59th floor of the Federation Tower complex in Moscow October 21, 2008. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>Russian servicemen in historical uniforms stand during military parade training in Red Square in Moscow November 5, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov </p>

Russian servicemen in historical uniforms stand during military parade training in Red Square in Moscow November 5, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

Russian servicemen in historical uniforms stand during military parade training in Red Square in Moscow November 5, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>A breakdancer performs during the "Freestyle Session Russia" breakdancing competition in Moscow December 2, 2006. REUTERS/Kostya Smirnov </p>

A breakdancer performs during the "Freestyle Session Russia" breakdancing competition in Moscow December 2, 2006. REUTERS/Kostya Smirnov

A breakdancer performs during the "Freestyle Session Russia" breakdancing competition in Moscow December 2, 2006. REUTERS/Kostya Smirnov

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<p>Dancers take part in a lesson at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow January 30, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov</p>

Dancers take part in a lesson at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow January 30, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

Dancers take part in a lesson at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow January 30, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>A general view of night Moscow is seen from the window of a passenger jet, October 8, 2010.  REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk </p>

A general view of night Moscow is seen from the window of a passenger jet, October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

A general view of night Moscow is seen from the window of a passenger jet, October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>A woman begs near the GUM State Department Store in Red Square in Moscow November 30, 2007. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov </p>

A woman begs near the GUM State Department Store in Red Square in Moscow November 30, 2007. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A woman begs near the GUM State Department Store in Red Square in Moscow November 30, 2007. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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<p>A model reads a magazine during the summer contingent of the Millionaire Fair of luxury goods in Moscow, July 4, 2010.  REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin  </p>

A model reads a magazine during the summer contingent of the Millionaire Fair of luxury goods in Moscow, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A model reads a magazine during the summer contingent of the Millionaire Fair of luxury goods in Moscow, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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<p>Migrants workers from Tajikistan relax on the roof of their shelter after working at local market outside Moscow, July 18 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov </p>

Migrants workers from Tajikistan relax on the roof of their shelter after working at local market outside Moscow, July 18 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

Migrants workers from Tajikistan relax on the roof of their shelter after working at local market outside Moscow, July 18 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>A view of Moscow's Kremlin, Ministry of Foreign affairs and Moscow City business district on October 18 2011.  REUTERS/Anton Golubev</p>

A view of Moscow's Kremlin, Ministry of Foreign affairs and Moscow City business district on October 18 2011. REUTERS/Anton Golubev

A view of Moscow's Kremlin, Ministry of Foreign affairs and Moscow City business district on October 18 2011. REUTERS/Anton Golubev

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<p>People take part in a rally to support presidential candidate and Russia's current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the Luzhniki stadium on the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow February 23, 2012.   REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin</p>

People take part in a rally to support presidential candidate and Russia's current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the Luzhniki stadium on the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow February 23, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

People take part in a rally to support presidential candidate and Russia's current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the Luzhniki stadium on the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow February 23, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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<p>Bolshoi ballet dancer Maria Alash leaves the stage during a rehearsal of Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Sleeping Beauty" at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow November 16, 2011.  REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov </p>

Bolshoi ballet dancer Maria Alash leaves the stage during a rehearsal of Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Sleeping Beauty" at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow November 16, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

Bolshoi ballet dancer Maria Alash leaves the stage during a rehearsal of Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Sleeping Beauty" at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow November 16, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>Russian soldiers train for the military parade in Moscow April 8, 2010.  REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin  </p>

Russian soldiers train for the military parade in Moscow April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Russian soldiers train for the military parade in Moscow April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

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<p>People wearing Guy Fawkes masks attend a sanctioned rally on a bridge near Bolotnaya square to protest against violations at the parliamentary elections in Moscow December 10, 2011.  REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin </p>

People wearing Guy Fawkes masks attend a sanctioned rally on a bridge near Bolotnaya square to protest against violations at the parliamentary elections in Moscow December 10, 2011. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

People wearing Guy Fawkes masks attend a sanctioned rally on a bridge near Bolotnaya square to protest against violations at the parliamentary elections in Moscow December 10, 2011. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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<p>Russian President Dmitry Medvedev approaches to shake hands with Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov during a meeting at the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow February 2, 2012. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Kremlin  </p>

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev approaches to shake hands with Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov during a meeting at the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow February 2, 2012. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev approaches to shake hands with Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov during a meeting at the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow February 2, 2012. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

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<p>A participant wears a sticker with the word "Obey!" during an opposition protest on Revolution square in central Moscow February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov </p>

A participant wears a sticker with the word "Obey!" during an opposition protest on Revolution square in central Moscow February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

A participant wears a sticker with the word "Obey!" during an opposition protest on Revolution square in central Moscow February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>Security guards detain an activist from women's rights group Femen for staging a performance to support the Russian opposition groups and protest against violations during the parliamentary elections in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow December 9, 2011.  REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov </p>

Security guards detain an activist from women's rights group Femen for staging a performance to support the Russian opposition groups and protest against violations during the parliamentary elections in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in...more

Security guards detain an activist from women's rights group Femen for staging a performance to support the Russian opposition groups and protest against violations during the parliamentary elections in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow December 9, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>Honor guards march in step during the changing of the guards ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall in central Moscow March 2, 2012.   REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski </p>

Honor guards march in step during the changing of the guards ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall in central Moscow March 2, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

Honor guards march in step during the changing of the guards ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall in central Moscow March 2, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>A model presents a creation by Russian designer group Labratoriya 13 during their show at the Mercedez-Benz Fashion week in Moscow October 21, 2011. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin</p>

A model presents a creation by Russian designer group Labratoriya 13 during their show at the Mercedez-Benz Fashion week in Moscow October 21, 2011. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A model presents a creation by Russian designer group Labratoriya 13 during their show at the Mercedez-Benz Fashion week in Moscow October 21, 2011. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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<p>Youths dance in the Solyanka night club in Moscow early January 2, 2008. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

Youths dance in the Solyanka night club in Moscow early January 2, 2008. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Youths dance in the Solyanka night club in Moscow early January 2, 2008. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>People dance in the exclusive nightclub "Opera" in Moscow early June 14, 2008.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter </p>

People dance in the exclusive nightclub "Opera" in Moscow early June 14, 2008. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People dance in the exclusive nightclub "Opera" in Moscow early June 14, 2008. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>Performance artist Oleg Vorotnikov drinks vodka celebrating his wedding anniversary in Moscow January 16, 2008. REUTERS/Thomas Peter </p>

Performance artist Oleg Vorotnikov drinks vodka celebrating his wedding anniversary in Moscow January 16, 2008. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Performance artist Oleg Vorotnikov drinks vodka celebrating his wedding anniversary in Moscow January 16, 2008. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>A couple embrace, with buildings shrouded in smog in the background, in central Moscow, August 15, 2010.  REUTERS/Alex Aminev  </p>

A couple embrace, with buildings shrouded in smog in the background, in central Moscow, August 15, 2010. REUTERS/Alex Aminev

A couple embrace, with buildings shrouded in smog in the background, in central Moscow, August 15, 2010. REUTERS/Alex Aminev

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<p>A boy lights a candle during a Christmas celebration at the Cathedral of Virgin Mary Immaculate Conception in Moscow, December 24, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov</p>

A boy lights a candle during a Christmas celebration at the Cathedral of Virgin Mary Immaculate Conception in Moscow, December 24, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

A boy lights a candle during a Christmas celebration at the Cathedral of Virgin Mary Immaculate Conception in Moscow, December 24, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>A couple stands at the embankment of the Volga River in Samara, about 1000 km (620 miles) southeast of Moscow May 18, 2007. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin </p>

A couple stands at the embankment of the Volga River in Samara, about 1000 km (620 miles) southeast of Moscow May 18, 2007. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A couple stands at the embankment of the Volga River in Samara, about 1000 km (620 miles) southeast of Moscow May 18, 2007. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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