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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting to discuss the Ukrainian peace process at the German federal Chancellery on Oct. 19, 2016, in Berlin. Adam Berry/Getty Images hide caption

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William Browder testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday about Russian President Vladimir Putin's government, including allegations of vast and systematic corruption. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian businessman Aras Agalarov, left, Miss Universe Gabriela Isler and pageant owner Donald Trump at the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013. It was there that Trump — then the pageant's owner — spent several days hobnobbing with Russia's elite. Irina Bujor/AP hide caption

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At The 2013 Miss Universe Contest, Trump Met Some Of Russia's Rich And Powerful

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President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Businessman Oleg Deripaska (left) greets Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to a factory in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod region in September 2014. Mikhail Klimentyev/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, shown during a joint news conference with his Moldovan counterpart following their meeting Tuesday in Moscow, said President-elect Donald Trump won a "convincing victory." Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., was spotted in Moscow speaking to business leaders. The former Trump surrogate probably will not be the last Trump supporter building ties in Russia. Stephen Morton/Getty Images hide caption

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Rex Tillerson, chief executive officer of Exxon Mobile Corp., left, listens on the opening day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum this past June. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via 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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Chechen regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov speaks as he attends celebrations marking Defenders of the Fatherland Day in Chechnya's provincial capital of Grozny, Russia, in February. Musa Sadulayev/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while answering a question during his annual televised call-in show in central Moscow on Thursday. Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian bombers parked at Hmeimim air base in Syria on March 4. Since the cease-fire began in late February, the warplanes have mostly stayed on the ground. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin. Assad was in Moscow, in his first known trip abroad since the war broke out in Syria in 2011, to meet his strongest ally Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his state of the union speech on Thursday, defended the Kremlin's aggressive foreign policy, saying the actions are necessary for his country's survival. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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