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Russia commemorates pivotal Battle of Stalingrad

Russian soldiers march at the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex, with the statue of Mother Homeland in the background during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Russian soldiers march at the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex, with the statue of Mother Homeland in the background during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Russian soldiers march at the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex, with the statue of Mother Homeland in the background during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin takes part in a wreath laying ceremony as he visits the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex in the city of Volgograd in this picture provided by Ria Novosti February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/Ria Novosti/Pool

Russia's President Vladimir Putin takes part in a wreath laying ceremony as he visits the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex in the city of Volgograd in this picture provided by Ria Novosti February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexsey...more

Russia's President Vladimir Putin takes part in a wreath laying ceremony as he visits the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex in the city of Volgograd in this picture provided by Ria Novosti February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/Ria Novosti/Pool
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with a World War Two veteran as he visits the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) memorial complex in the city of Volgograd in this picture provided by Ria Novosti February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/Ria Novosti/Pool

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with a World War Two veteran as he visits the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) memorial complex in the city of Volgograd in this picture provided by Ria Novosti February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexsey...more

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with a World War Two veteran as he visits the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) memorial complex in the city of Volgograd in this picture provided by Ria Novosti February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/Ria Novosti/Pool
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) addresses the audience during a concert in the city of Volgograd in this picture provided by Ria Novosti February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/Ria Novosti/Pool

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) addresses the audience during a concert in the city of Volgograd in this picture provided by Ria Novosti February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/Ria Novosti/Pool

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) addresses the audience during a concert in the city of Volgograd in this picture provided by Ria Novosti February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/Ria Novosti/Pool
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) takes part in a wreath laying ceremony as he visits the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) takes part in a wreath laying ceremony as he visits the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) takes part in a wreath laying ceremony as he visits the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) talks with a World War II veteran during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) talks with a World War II veteran during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) talks with a World War II veteran during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool
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People walk at the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex, with the statue of Mother Homeland in the background during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) during World War Two, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

People walk at the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex, with the statue of Mother Homeland in the background during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender...more

People walk at the Mamayev Kurgan (Mamayev Hill) World War Two memorial complex, with the statue of Mother Homeland in the background during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) during World War Two, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool
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World War II veterans arrive for a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

World War II veterans arrive for a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

World War II veterans arrive for a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) talks with World War II veteran Zinaida Stepykina during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS MILITARY)

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) talks with World War II veteran Zinaida Stepykina during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS MILITARY)

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) talks with World War II veteran Zinaida Stepykina during celebrations in the city of Volgograd February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS MILITARY)
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A minibus decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin drives in front of the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

A minibus decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin drives in front of the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War...more

A minibus decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin drives in front of the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk
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A man enters a minibus, decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, on a street in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

A man enters a minibus, decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, on a street in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two, which...more

A man enters a minibus, decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, on a street in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk
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A cameraman films a minibus decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin on a street in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

A cameraman films a minibus decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin on a street in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two,...more

A cameraman films a minibus decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin on a street in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk
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A pedestrian walks near a minibus decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin on a street in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

A pedestrian walks near a minibus decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin on a street in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War...more

A pedestrian walks near a minibus decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin on a street in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk
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A minibus decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin drives on a street in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

A minibus decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin drives on a street in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two, which became a...more

A minibus decorated with a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin drives on a street in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk
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People sit in a minibus decorated with a flag of The Young Pioneer Organization of the Soviet Union in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

People sit in a minibus decorated with a flag of The Young Pioneer Organization of the Soviet Union in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two,...more

People sit in a minibus decorated with a flag of The Young Pioneer Organization of the Soviet Union in St. Petersburg, February 2, 2012. Russia marks 70 years since the German surrender after the six-month Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two, which became a symbol for Russians of patriotic sacrifice and unity. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk
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