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Nathan Bates (left), chef at the New Zealand Embassy, and Roman Shchadrin (below), who cooks for the Embassy of the Russian Federation, will be among the competitors Thursday. (Jason Morenz)

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Carolina Hurricanes left wing Alexander Semin (28), from Russia, skates with the puck with Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) nearby during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. The Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on Feb. 23, honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

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In this frame grab made from a video done with a dashboard camera, on a highway from Kostanai, Kazakhstan, to Chelyabinsk region, Russia, provided by Nasha Gazeta newspaper, on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, a meteorite contrail is seen. A meteor streaked across the sky of Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people, including many hurt by broken glass. (AP Photo/Nasha Gazeta, www.ng.kz)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, tries to control the puck as Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joe Corvo (77) skates in, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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**FILE** Russian President Vladmir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

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Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks (26) celebrates with left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) of Russia after Hendricks scored a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. The Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on Feb. 23, honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. The Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on Feb. 23, honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

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Carolina Hurricanes' Alexander Semin (28) and Winnipeg Jets' Alex Burmistrov (8), both of Russia, struggle for possession of the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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**FILE** Washington Capitals left wing Troy Brouwer (20) celebrates his goal with teammate Alexander Semin (28), of Russia, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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**FILE** Washington Capitals left wing Troy Brouwer (20) celebrates his goal with teammate Alexander Semin (28), of Russia, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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**FILE** Washington Capitals left wing Troy Brouwer (20) celebrates his goal with teammate Alexander Semin (28), of Russia, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets with Secretary of State John F. Kerry this week, a discussion that could be dominated by the issue of Americans adopting Russian children. (Associated Press)

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French actor Gerard Depardieu arrives for the opening ceremony of the Illusion movie theater after its restoration in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 22. (Associated Press)

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French actor Gerard Depardieu arrives for the opening ceremony of the Illusion movie theater after its restoration in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 22. (Associated Press)

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New Jersey Devils goalie Johan Hedberg (1), from Sweden, blocks a shot by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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** FILE ** Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov holds a press conference during the annual gathering of NATO foreign ministers at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)

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** FILE ** The Olympic rings for the 2014 Winter Games are installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Ignat Kozlov))

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Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, left, celebrates his goal with Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, and Wojtek Wolski (17), of Poland, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)