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FILE In this August 7, 2013 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, meets with Chechen regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov, in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia. Kadyrov, whose five-year stint as Chechnya’s regional leader expires in April 2016, has recently issued a stream of threats against Russia’s liberal opposition, which observers see as part of his efforts to secure President Vladimir Putin’s support. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a regional meeting of pro-Kremlin United Peoples' Front in Stavropol, on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Putin has said that the Russian air campaign in Syria will last for as long as it's necessary to support the Syrian army's offensive. During a meeting with students on a visit to Stavropol in southern Russia, he said Moscow's goal is to help Damascus defeat "terrorists." (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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Serena Williams of the United States eyes the ball as she returns to Daria Kasatkina of Russia during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin, left, of Russia, is congratulated by teammate Brendan Witt, right, after Ovechkin scored against the Phoenix Coyotes in the third period of NHL action Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in Glendale, Ariz. The Capitals defeated the Coyotes 6-1.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)

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Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin, front, of Russia, shoots the puck from over his head after being checked to the ice by Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Paul Mara, center, past Coyotes goalie Brian Boucher, rear, for a goal in the third period of NHL action Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in Glendale, Ariz. The Capitals defeated the Coyotes 6-1.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)

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European Security Challenged by Russia and Immigrant Muslims Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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European Security Challenged by Russia and Immigrant Muslims Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during the annual end of year news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Russia is ready to improve ties with the United States and work with whomever is elected its next president. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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Illustration on Russia in the Middle East by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

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Turkey Provokes Russia by Downing Plane Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Turkey Provokes Russia by Downing Plane Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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This frame grab from video by Haberturk TV, shows a Russian warplane on fire before crashing on a hill as seen from Hatay province, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Turkey shot down the Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies. (Haberturk TV via AP)

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This frame grab from video by Haberturk TV, shows a Russian warplane on fire before crashing on a hill as seen from Hatay province, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Turkey shot down the Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies. (Haberturk TV via AP) TURKEY OUT

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Washington Capitals' Sergei Fedorov of Russia, right, celebrates his goal with Alex Ovechkin (8) of Russia against the Boston Bruins during the first period of a NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 16, 2008, in Washington.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Following the success of Dr. No, the studio doubled the budget for From Russia With Love to what amount?

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Russia's Nuclear Surge Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syria President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Assad has traveled to 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, Syrian and Russian media reported Wednesday. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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Illustration on responses to Russia's renewed belligerence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Illustration on Obama's situation with Russia in Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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A man passes by a poster with an artwork showing Russian President Vladimir Putin as Spanish artist Salvador Dali during the "Putin Universe" exhibition in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Artists have drawn the Russian president using 30 heroic themes originating from different countries and world epochs at a two-day exhibition in Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrates his 63rd birthday on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)