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The oil-drilling platform Kolskaya is seen in the Sea of Okhotsk off Russia's Far East coast in an undated photograph. (AP Photo/Arktikmorneftegazrazvedka)

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appears on a national call-in TV show in Moscow on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool)

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Mikhail Prokhorov, one of Russia's richest tycoons and the owner of the New Jersey Nets, announces his candidacy to run against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for Russia's presidency on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Moscow. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

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A protester with the words "no vote" covering her lips is one of more than 10,000 people at a St. Petersburg, Russia, rally Saturday after parliamentary elections that the throng claims were rigged to favor Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's Russia United party. (Associated Press)

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Protesters light flares during a mass rally against alleged vote rigging in Russia's parliamentary elections in Moscow on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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Protesters hold a red banner that reads "Rot Front" as they shout anti-Putin slogans during a mass rally in Moscow on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, to protest alleged vote rigging in Russia's recent parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused the United States of spending “hundreds of millions” of dollars to influence Russian politics. (Associated Press)

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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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An activist of the Nashi youth movement takes the stage decorated with portraits of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during a concert in Moscow. Exit polls showed a dramatic drop in support of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, congratulates teammate Nicklas Backstrom, right, of Sweden, after Backstrom scored on Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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Prime Minister Vladimir Putin looks on as he and Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev, unseen, meet with their supporters in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.Russia's main independent election watchdog says prosecutors have opened a probe against the group suspecting it of breaking election laws just three days before the parliamentary vote.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks during a United Russia party congress in Moscow on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at which he formally was nominated as the party's candidate for president in next March's election. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says his country will aim new missiles at U.S. facilities and allies in Europe in an apparent response to the Obama administration's European phased missile defense plan. (Associated Press)

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks at an award ceremony in the Gorki residence outside Moscow, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Alexander Nemenov, Pool)

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State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the United States is prepared to resume a data exchange with Russia if Moscow meets its Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty obligations. (Associated Press)

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Illustration by Tunin, Moscow, Russia

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, looks up at the scoreboard as Nashville Predators players celebrate a goal by Martin Erat in the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 3-1. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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An international crew of researchers - from left, Alexey Sitev of Russia, Romain Charles of France, Suhrob Kamolov of Russia, Alexander Smoleevskiy of Russia, Diego Urbina of Italy/Colombia and Wang Yue of China - gives a thumbs-up after a 520-day simulation of a flight to Mars, in Moscow on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

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This undated image released by the FBI on Oct. 31, 2011, shows Richard Murphy (left) and Christopher Metsos in Queens, N.Y. Murphy was one of the ring of Russian sleeper spies shut down by federal counterintelligence agents in June of 2010 in a case code-named “Ghost Stories”, that led two weeks later to the biggest spy swap between the U.S. and Russia since the cold War. According to the FBI, Mestos is the 11th suspected ring member; he claimed to be a Canadian citizen, delivered money and equipment to the sleeper agents and vanished after a court in Cyprus freed him on bail. (Associated Press)

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Gen. Vladimir Yakovlev (right), head of the general staff of the Russian armed forces academy, and British Maj. Gen. Simon Porter shake hands as they open the Russia-NATO seminar in Moscow on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)