After the 1917 revolution, Russia's new rulers debated what to do with the crown jewels. This 1925 photo shows the collection. However, a 1922 album at the U.S. Geological Survey includes photos of four items that are not described in the official 1925 inventory. www.usgs.gov hide caption

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The Mysterious Disappearance Of The Russian Crown Jewels

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Russia's Putin Signs Controversial Adoption Bill

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Police officers detain a protester outside the lower house of Russia's parliament on Wednesday. This week, Russian legislators passed a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children after the U.S. passed a law that rebukes Russia for human rights abuses. Evgeny Feldman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Adoption Ban Puts Orphans At Center Of U.S.-Russia Dispute

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Moscovites Window-Shop At GUM For Holiday Ideas

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Russia's Defense Shuffle May Tarnish Its Military

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, who was recently fired, review military officers on Moscow's Red Square in May. Putin's decision to sack Serdyukov has touched off widespread speculation on the motive. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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Russian Scandal Hints At Larger Political Battle

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Erik Christensen, right, from Lev Praha challenges Alexander Ovechkin from Dynamo Moscow during their KHL ice hockey match in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 9. Ovechkin is among those NHL players who were signed by European clubs because of the NHL lockout. Petr David Josek/AP hide caption

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Russia's Hockey Glad To Have NHL-Lockout Orphans

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Activists from the Young Guard, which supports Russian President Vladimir Putin, have been protesting the Mormon church in Russia, calling it a "totalitarian cult." Konstantin Zavrazhin/Getty Images hide caption

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In Russia, Pro-Putin Youths Protest Mormons As 'Cult'

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Artyom Savelyev, now 9, was sent back to Russia on a plane by his adoptive U.S. mother in 2010. The case stirred anger in Russia. Misha Japaridze/AP hide caption

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Russia, U.S. Seek To Resolve Friction On Adoptions

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Russia May Try Reining In Drunk Airline Passengers

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Russia's Putin Welcomes Obama's Re-Election

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Russian President Vladimir Putin pilots a motorized hang glider while taking part in a project to help endangered cranes on Sept. 5. Shortly after, the president — who has cultivated the image of a man of action — was photographed wincing in apparent pain. Alexey Druzhinin/Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Putin, Russia's Man Of Action, Is Slowed By Injury

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is widely expected to sign a parliamentary bill that expands the definition of high treason. Critics say the definition is overly broad and would give the government sweeping powers to crack down on opponents. Alexei Nikolsky/AP/RIA-Novosti hide caption

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Russia Set To Redefine Treason, Sparking Fears

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Ruling Party On Track To Keep Power In Ukraine

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