Russia's Lake Baikal, in southern Siberia, is roughly the size of Maryland. It's home to one-fifth of the world's freshwater supply and to unique species, including a freshwater seal. The United Nations refers to Baikal as Russia's "Galapagos." Now, environmentalists say it is under threat after the Russian government ordered the reopening of a paper mill on the lake's shore. David Greene/NPR hide caption

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Ulle Noodapera is a pharmacist at Town Hall Pharmacy, which first opened for business in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1422. It's famous for selling aphrodisiacs — but even more famous for a piece of almond candy that allegedly cures those who are lovestruck. Raigo Pajula/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russia has a history of acceptance when it comes to its leaders, a legacy of the Soviet and czarist eras. In this photo from December 2007, members of a pro-Kremlin youth group hold a rally near Red Square in central Moscow to celebrate the victory by President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party in parliamentary elections. Maxim Marmur/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With a former Soviet Union flag in the background, a Kyrgyz woman, with her son, mourns victims of this week's violent protests. She was among the thousands of grieving and defiant citizens of Kyrgyzstan who gathered in the main square of Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, April 9, 2010, after two days of clashes forced President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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The scene outside a supermarket and hotel/casino complex that was burned Wednesday night in downtown Bishkek. The complex was still smoldering Thursday, attracting passersby. David Greene/NPR hide caption

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