The Russian leader, shown here as "Vladimir Vladimirovich Buddha," was depicted as various pop culture heroes and religious, mythical and historical figures at a Moscow exhibition on Wednesday, his 63rd birthday. MAXIM SHIPENKOV/EPA /LANDOV hide caption


A combination of images taken from footage released by Russia's Defense Ministry shows a mountainous area in Syria before, during and after an airstrike Wednesday. Russia is being criticized for attacking groups other than ISIS militants. Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Russia has ramped up its role in Syria's civil war. Here, President Vladimir Putin (center) speaks with Secretary of State John Kerry (right) and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday. RIA NOVOSTI/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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President Obama and Vladimir Putin met for 90 minutes after the Russian president's Monday speech at the United Nations. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin pose for a picture ahead of their meeting at the foreign ministry's guesthouse, Villa Borsig, at Lake Tegel in Berlin on Saturday. Tobias Schwarz/AP hide caption

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"Oh, look! There's a donkey in my living room!!!" was the photographer's Instagram caption. Adriana Zehbrauskas/Getty Images Instagram Grant Recipient 2015 hide caption

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler performed during Moscow's 868th birthday celebration last week. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (center left) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (center right) arrive for the opening of the Army-2015 international military show outside Moscow in June. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov (right), was recently convicted of terrorism charges in Crimea dating to last year, when Russia seized the territory from Ukraine. A Russian military court sentenced him to 20 years in one of several cases that have drawn criticism from human rights groups. He's shown here at a hearing at Moscow's Lefortovo District Court on Dec. 26, 2014. Mikhail Pochuyev/ITAR-TASS/Landov hide caption

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Russian workers threw contraband peaches off a truck outside the city of Novozybkov on Aug. 7. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Eugene Kaspersky, founder and chief executive officer of Kaspersky Lab, at his office in Moscow last Dec. 9. Kaspersky and his firm have ties to the Russian government, but say that should not be cause for concern in the West, where the company's cybersecurity software is widely used. Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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In Nieuwegein, Netherlands, on Friday, relatives and friends of victims gather in front of a "hedge of compassion" made of thousands of stuffed animals during a commemoration of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine. Michael Kooren/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Russia has strict rules on dispensing painkillers. Family members say some cancer patients killed themselves because they could not obtain the medicine and the pain was too great. Andy Baker/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. testifies Thursday during his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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