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This 2019 photo shows the main dining room inside Moscow's iconic Metropol Hotel, just a short distance from the Kremlin. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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'The Red Hotel': Trying to cover World War II from a 'gilded cage' in Moscow

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Residents hold a remembrance ceremony during the 90th anniversary of a great famine known as the Holodomor, at a museum in Drohobych, Ukraine, on Saturday. Carol Guzy for NPR hide caption

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Ukraine remembers a famine under Stalin, and points to parallels with Putin

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People hold portraits of Soviet leader Josef Stalin in December 2018 as they line up in Moscow to lay flowers at his grave. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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Amid 'Quiet Rehabilitation Of Stalin,' Some Russians Honor The Memory Of His Victims

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A woman places flowers at the Solovetsky Stone monument in front of the former KGB headquarters in central Moscow on Monday. Dozens of people gathered there to remember the victims of Soviet-era political repressions. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Visitors check out the Soviet-era metro cars exhibited at the Partizanskaya subway station in Moscow, as part of festivities marking the subway system's 80th anniversary. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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Glory Of Moscow's 80-Year-Old Subway Tainted By Stalin Connections

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A column of Russia's T-90 tanks rumbles over the cobblestones in Moscow's Red Square on May 9 during the country's Victory Day parade celebrating the anniversary of its costly victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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