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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, controls the puck during an ice hockey match between Russian amateur players and ice hockey stars at a festival of Russia's amateur hockey organized by the Night Hockey League in the Bolshoy arena in the  Olympic Park in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Saturday May 10, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
Photo by: Alexei Druzhinin
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, controls the puck during an ice hockey match between Russian amateur players and ice hockey stars at a festival of Russia's amateur hockey organized by the Night Hockey League in the Bolshoy arena in the Olympic Park in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Saturday May 10, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

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