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Members of a joint investigation team present the preliminary results of the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in 2014. The investigators said Wednesday they have confirmed that MH17 was shot down by a Buk missile fired from rebel-held areas in Ukraine. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR's David Welna had personal documents posted by a pro-Kremlin website when he applied for press credentials in Ukraine. He's far from the only one. But it's an issue the U.S. is reluctant to discuss. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Russian Hackers Doxxed Me. What Should I Do About It?

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Prime Minister and United Russia party chairman Dmitry Medvedev visit the party's election campaign headquarters during parliamentary elections. Alexei Druzhinin /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the audience at the United Russia party congress held in Moscow in June, three months ahead of parliamentary elections this Sunday. His party is expected to retain its majority. Maxim Shipenkov/AP hide caption

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In Russia, A New Parliament Is Expected To Act Much Like The Old One

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Secretary of State John Kerry tells NPR that the new U.S.-Russia ceasefire deal in Syria is the best option under the circumstances. Without it, he says, there would be more deaths. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Secretary Of State John Kerry On Syria Cease-Fire: 'What's The Alternative?'

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) enter a news conference room Friday in Geneva to announce a cease-fire agreement for Syria. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with "Today" show co-anchor Matt Lauer at the NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum held at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier Intrepid on Wednesday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Mufti Ismail Berdiev (right) is a religious leader in the Republic of Dagestan. When a report documented female genital mutilation in this republic, he said all women should be circumcised "to end depravity." He later said he was joking. Above, he poses with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Kremlin ceremony in March. Mikhail Metzel/TASS hide caption

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Demonstrators hold Russian opposition flags during a rally protesting election fraud in Moscow in 2011. Russian President Vladimir Putin blames Hillary Clinton for protests like this, which took place in 2011 and 2012. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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In Leak Of Democratic Emails, Questions About Russia's Role

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) joins Russia's federal highway agency head Roman Starovoit (left) and Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov (second from left) on a visit to the Kerch Strait bridge construction site on Tuzla Island on March 18. The bridge will link Crimea to mainland Russia. Mikhail Klimentyev/AP hide caption

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Russia's Crimea Bridge Project Beset By Engineering Worries And Labor Woes

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Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee, announces Sunday that the entire Russian Paralympic team will be barred from next month's games in Rio de Janeiro. "The anti-doping system in Russia is broken," he said. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images hide caption

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