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Steam rise from a power plant near St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow January 21, 2014.

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Downtown Yekaterinburg, Russia January 14, 2014.

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Nelly Sokolova and her daughter Alina outside their St. Petersburg apartment January 17, 2014, one floor down from where Vladimir Putin grew up.

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Vladimir Putin's childhood apparent building St. Petersburg January 17, 2014.

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Artyom Dudov a resident of the Nochlezhka homeless shelter in downtown St. Petersburg January 17, 2014.

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A homeless man gets a hot meal from a soup truck courtesy of the Nochlezhka homeless shelter in St. Petersburg January 18, 2014.

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A train passengers wait for the express train from St. Petersburg to Moscow at the St. Petersburg train station January 18, 2014.

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Veteran human rights activist Lev Ponomarev holds a portrait of murdered lawyer Stanislav Markelov January 19, 2014 in Moscow.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry is is silhouetted by the rising sun as a plume of steam and smoke at a energy plant makes its way across Moscow's skyline January 21, 2014

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A bronze statue of Vladimir Putin stands in the central Moscow gallery by sculptor Zurab Tsereteli January 19, 2014.

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(Subject can not give full ID) Abey, a 39-year-old Chechen refugee living in Moscow silhouetted a streetlight January 21, 2014. Abey says today's Chechnya is not safe to return to.

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The Akhmad Kadyrov or the hart of Chechnya mosque in central Grozny with the recently built-up downtown core January 23, 2014.

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Worshipers at the Akhmad Kadyrov mosque in central Grozny seen here January 24, 2014 during afternoon prayers.

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Hasan Salgiriyev, general director of Grozny Air in one of com pains planes January 24, 2014 at the Grozny airport.

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Yaha Ibragimova, 70-year-old resident of Grozny seen here outside the Akhmad Kadyrov mosque in central Grozny January 24, 2014.

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Worshipers at the Akhmad Kadyrov mosque in central Grozny seen here January 24, 2014 during afternoon prayers.

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Mikhail Kasyanov, Vladimir Putin's first prime minister, now a leading member of the anti-Putin opposition seen here in his Moscow office January 21, 2014.

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People mach on Red Square in Moscow January 21, 2014 as they remember and visit Vladimir Lenin's tomb on the 90th anniversary of his death.

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