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A film festival sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow is reportedly defying Russia's law banning gay "propaganda" by screening the American film "I Am Michael," starring Zachary Quinto, right, and James Franco, left. (coolconnections.ru)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at an electric ray fish during his visit to the center of oceanography and marine biology "Moskvarium" in VDNKh ( The State Exhibition Center) in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. (Mikhail Klimentyev, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, sits on board a bathyscaphe as it plunges into the Black sea along the coast of Sevastopol, Crimea, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. President Vladimir Putin plunged into the Black Sea to see the wreckage of a sunk ancient merchant ship which was found in the end of May. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, sits on board a bathyscaphe as it plunges into the Black sea along the coast of Sevastopol, Crimea, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. President Vladimir Putin plunged into the Black Sea to see the wreckage of a sunk ancient merchant ship which was found in the end of May. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, sits on board a bathyscaphe as it plunges into the Black sea along the coast of Sevastopol, Crimea, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. President Vladimir Putin plunged into the Black Sea to see the wreckage of a sunk ancient merchant ship which was found in the end of May. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, sits on board a bathyscaphe as it plunges into the Black sea along the coast of Sevastopol, Crimea, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. President Vladimir Putin plunged into the Black Sea to see the wreckage of a sunk ancient merchant ship which was found in the end of May. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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Newt Gingrich on Iran, China, Russia

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks during the preliminary draw for the 2018 soccer World Cup in Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter watches the preliminary draw for the 2018 soccer World Cup in Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Then Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin releases a Siberian tiger into the wild with a satellite tracker in Russia's Far East, Aug. 31, 2008. (The Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Changing Course with Russia Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot to Maria Sharapova of Russia, during the women's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot to Maria Sharapova of Russia during the women's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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Unlike Germany and Japan that were converted to friends from enemies after World War II, Russia has not followed a similar model. (Associated Press)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin called Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Monday as the Greek debt crisis deepened. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, front, and U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman meet with foreign ministers of Germany, France, China, Britain, Russia and the European Union at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. (Carlos Barria/Pool photo via AP)

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with foreign ministers of Germany, France, China, Britain, Russia and the European Union at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. (Carlos Barria/Pool photo via AP)

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Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a ball to Coco Vandeweghe of the United States during their singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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In this image taken from video, a Soyuz-U rocket blasts off from the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Friday, July 3, 2015. The unmanned cargo ship is heading to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions. (NASA TV via AP)

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In this image taken from video, a Soyuz-U rocket blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Friday, July 3, 2015. The unmanned cargo ship is heading to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions. (NASA TV via AP)