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French actor Gerard Depardieu (left) and Russian leader Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg in December 2010. Ria Novosti /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Children at an orphanage in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don earlier this month. Vladimir Konstantinov/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. Alexi Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of the all-girl punk band Pussy Riot: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (right), Maria Alyokhina (center) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (left) in a glass-walled cage during a court hearing in Moscow earlier today. Andrey Smirnov /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Activist Alexandra Volgina (right) accepts the Red Ribbon Award at the 19th International AIDS Conference for her grassroots group Patients in Control, which has worked to improve HIV treatment programs in Russia. Ryan Rayburn/IAS hide caption

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An Emergency Ministry soldier helps to repair religious icons in a church hit by flood water in the town of Nizhnebakansky, about 750 miles south of Moscow, on Tuesday. Sergey Ponomarev/AP hide caption

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