A fake anti-smoking ad in Moscow reads: "Smoking kills more people than Obama, although he kills a lot of people. Don't smoke! Don't be like Obama!" Dmitry Gudkov/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Russian Pranksters Feature Obama In Fake Anti-Smoking Ad
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Marina Litvinenko, whose husband died in 2006 after being poisoned, spoke to the media after a British court issued a report saying Alexander Litvinenko had been murdered. Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images hide caption

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Written during the Soviet era, Mikhail Bulgakov's classic novel, The Master and Margarita, continues to resonate in today's Russia. Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia
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When Big Brother Is An Evil, Jewelry-Obsessed Necromancer
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At least 5,000 Russians marched on a frosty Sunday afternoon in Moscow to protest plans to lay off thousands of doctors and close hospitals against the backdrop of a flagging economy. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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Protesters In Moscow Demand Explanation For Health Care Cuts
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An injured man who was on a subway train that derailed Tuesday in Moscow talks on his phone after being treated by paramedics. Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Senior high school students wearing Soviet-era navy uniform march during a daily ceremony of changing the guard of honor at the WW II Memorial to the Heroes of the defense of Sevastopol 1941-1942 in Sevastopol, Crimea, Saturday. Russia says it doesn't plant to invade mainland Ukraine. Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A protester wearing a costume bearing the words Robocop walks among Russian riot police officers after a rally in Moscow on Saturday. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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