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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A commuter injured by the blast at the Park Kultury subway station shortly after Monday's explosion. Egor Barbatunov/AP hide caption

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Police officers and investigators stand at the site of an explosion at the traffic police station on the outskirts of Makhachkala, the capital of Russia's Dagestan region on Jan. 6. A suicide bomber blew up an explosives-packed car at the police station, killing at least six officers and wounding 16, police said. AP hide caption

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Abdulgamid Ashimov is the head of Sulak. He once pleaded with Russian security forces to keep their raids out of the village. David Greene/NPR hide caption

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Gamblers play their cards in a poker game on Jan. 30 at the opening of the Oracle casino in a gambling zone in southern Russia, about 600 miles south of Moscow. Half a year after Russia closed all of its casinos and slot-machine halls, the first new casino opened under a plan to limit legalized gambling to four comparatively remote areas. AP hide caption

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