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Stalin's coastal retreat

<p>A general view of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin&rsquo;s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin&rsquo;s Villa, or Dacha, was constructed in 1937. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

A general view of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or Dacha, was constructed in 1937. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

A general view of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or Dacha, was constructed in 1937. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>Visitors visit the billiard room of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin&rsquo;s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

Visitors visit the billiard room of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Visitors visit the billiard room of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>The wax figure of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is seen in a cinema hall at Stalin&rsquo;s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

The wax figure of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is seen in a cinema hall at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

The wax figure of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is seen in a cinema hall at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>A signboard of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin&rsquo;s Villa is seen in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

A signboard of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa is seen in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

A signboard of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa is seen in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>A view of the boardroom of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin&rsquo;s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

A view of the boardroom of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

A view of the boardroom of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>The wax figure of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is seen in a cinema hall at Stalin&rsquo;s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

The wax figure of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is seen in a cinema hall at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

The wax figure of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is seen in a cinema hall at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>Visitor looks on inside a cinema hall of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin&rsquo;s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

Visitor looks on inside a cinema hall of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Visitor looks on inside a cinema hall of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>People visit the pool of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin at Stalin&rsquo;s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

People visit the pool of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

People visit the pool of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>People leave a room that houses Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's chess set at Stalin&rsquo;s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

People leave a room that houses Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's chess set at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

People leave a room that houses Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's chess set at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>The signboard of the restaurant "Stalinskaya dacha" is seen inside the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin&rsquo;s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

The signboard of the restaurant "Stalinskaya dacha" is seen inside the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

The signboard of the restaurant "Stalinskaya dacha" is seen inside the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>A general view of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin&rsquo;s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

A general view of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

A general view of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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