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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State John F. Kerry held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on Sunday. (Associated Press)

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Norway's Magnus Carlsen smiles after his victory in 11th game over India's former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand, at the FIDE World Chess Championship Match in Sochi, Russia, Sunday. (AP Photo/Artur Lebedev)

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An image of an apparently sleeping world chess champion Magnus Carlsen during Wednesday's Game 8 of his title match with India's Viswanathan Anand in Sochi, Russia, from the Twitter account @Rick_Chess.

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Russia is developing a maneuvering warhead for both land-based and submarine-launched missiles. Tests highlight Russia's development of strategic missile capabilities, including systems with multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles. (Makeyev State Rocket Center)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with members of the All-Russia Popular Front in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

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The Kremlin unveiled its latest weapon to combat the West's "information war" on President Vladimir Putin with the launch of Sputnik — a lavishly funded, international media outlet whose advent heralds a silencing of dissent and criticism in Russia. (AP Photo/Alain Jocard, Pool)

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A Mistral French amphibious assault ship docked in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Fighting has continued in eastern Ukraine despite a September cease-fire agreement forged with Russia. (Associated Press)

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U.S. President Bush, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, wearing traditional Chilean ponchos, are seen prior to the leaders' group photo at the 2004 APEC Summit in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004. (AP Photo/ITAR-TASS, Presidential Press Service)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin talks with President Bush as they make their way to a family photo session during the APEC leaders summit in Shanghai, China on Sunday Oct. 21, 2001. (AP Photo/CP, Fred Chartrand)

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Image: YouTube, Russia Today

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President Obama joins Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (second right), Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit Tuesday in Beijing. (Associated Press)

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upper hand: Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) signed a natural gas agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but President Obama is still working on a deal. (RIA Novosti via Associated Press)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama, center, talk on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in Beijing. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service)

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Putin's Soviet Russia Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Illustration on Putin and Russia's increasingly belligerent position in the world by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

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Russian President, Vladimir Putin pumping gas.

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currency: Consumer goods prices and inflation are at all-time highs in Russia, but the country's citizens are hesitant to blame their lot on President Vladimir Putin. Some analysts say such unwillingness may be due to fear of state-sponsored persecution. (Associated Press)

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Crude prices have plunged by 25 percent since June, making it painful or uneconomic for producers in Russia, Venezuela and Iran, for the pioneering shale oil drillers in America's heartland and for Canada's oil sands extractors. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)