One of the participants of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay runs near the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, on Oct. 8. Controversies surrounding costs, security and gay rights swirl around the games, to be held in the Russian Black Sea resort city. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ukrainians sing and dance in a subway in downtown Kiev in 2009. It has been a tradition for 20 years. Efrem Lukatsky/AP hide caption

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The Chinese border town of Suifenhe is a port of entry for almost all of the hardwood coming from the Russian Far East. Russia is the world's largest exporter of timber, but illegal logging is a growing problem. Courtesty of EIA hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Syria to turn over its chemical weapons to avoid a strike by the U.S. Michael Klimentyev/Ria Novosti/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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