Zhenya drinks heavily with his friends at a Russian bathhouse in The Irony of Fate, a Soviet-era film that Russians still watch on New Year's Day. Via Mosfilm hide caption

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A woman wiped away tears Monday in Volgograd, Russia, after the second suicide bombing in that city in the past two days. Denis Tyrin/AP hide caption

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In St. Petersburg on Thursday, Greenpeace International activist Anthony Perrett, a British citizen, showed the Russian transit visa that's now in his passport. Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mikhail Kalashnikov, with his AK-47, in 2002. Jens Meyer/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Maria Alyokhina, after her release from prison on Monday in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Sergei Karpukhin /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Former Yukos oil company CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky looks through the defendant's glass cage in a Moscow courtroom on Nov. 1, 2010. Alexey Sazonov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sept. 25: Police detain a gay rights activist in Moscow. The poster, adorned with Olympic rings, reads "Homophobia is the shame of Russia!" Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Cars pass by the RIA Novosti information agency headquarters in Moscow on Monday. President Vladimir Putin named Dmitry Kiselyov, a controversial news anchor known for his ultraconservative views, to head a newly restructured state news agency. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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Opposition protesters clash with riot police in front of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers in Kiev, Ukraine, on Monday. Sergei Chuzavkov/AP hide caption

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Spartak Moscow soccer fans burn flares and wave a flag with a swastika (lower right) during a game with Shinnik Yaroslavl in Yaroslavl, Russia, on Oct. 30. It's one of several recent violent or racist incidents at sporting events in a country that's hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 World Cup. STR/AP hide caption

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