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National Edition News cover for April 22, 2015 - Russia tests resolve of NATO allies for former Soviet blocs: FILE - In this Friday, May 9, 2014 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a parade marking the Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea. With hundreds of new aircraft, tanks and missiles rolling off assembly lines and Russian jets buzzing European skies under NATO’s wary eye, it doesn’t look like Russia’s economic woes have had any impact on the Kremlin’s ambitious military modernization program. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

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The ongoing security situation and lack of economic opportunities has Ukrainians leaving in droves for the West — and even Russia. However, some say the exodus will allow for new opportunities at home. (Associated Press)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has authorized a string of provocative moves from the Arctic to the Black Sea in recent months in an attempt to intimidate NATO allies along the border for the old Soviet Union, including Hungary, Romania and Latvia, and boost allies of Moscow living in those countries. (Associated Press)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Monday, April 20, 2015. (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu as he visits the National Defense Control Center in Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 17, 2015. (Alexei Nikolsky/ RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, shoots past New York Islanders defenseman Brian Strait (37) during the first period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs series, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Russia is building up its submarine forces in Asia, and Moscow's military forces are seeking increased influence in the Arctic region, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, Adm. Samuel Locklear testified to the House Armed Services Committee. (Associated Press)

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Russia's TV Rain gave former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's first campaign ad a mature audience only rating because it portrays two gay men holding hands. (Image: TV Rain screenshot)

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Israeli officials said the decision by Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow the missile system sale was a clear sign that Tehran is already cashing in on a tentative nuclear deal with world powers, a deal that includes an easing of sanctions on the Iranian economy and faces a deadline of the end of June for a final deal. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) celebrates the team's 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins with Mike Green (52), Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, and Stanislav Galiev (49), of Russia, after an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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In this Sunday, July 29, 2015, file photo, pro-Russian rebels ride on a tank flying Russia's flag on a road east of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

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A pro-Russian rebel looks up while riding on a tank flying Russia's flag, on a road east of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, in this Sunday, July 29, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, left, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, center, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, second right, and German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier wait for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program with other officials from France, China, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

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working late: Members of the Iranian delegation (from left) Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, atomic energy director Ali Akbar Salehi, presidential aide Hossein Fereydoun and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi are meeting with delegates from Britain, Russia, China, France, Germany, the European Union and the U.S. (Associated Press)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a meeting on Internet startups in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on March 27, 2015. (Associated Press/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service) **FILE**

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and singer Larisa Dolina sing the national anthem at a rally marking the one year anniversary of annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, outside the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Speaking to tens of thousands of supporters just outside the Kremlin walls, President Vladimir Putin has described Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula as a move to protect ethnic Russians and regain the nation's "historic roots." (AP Photo/Maxim Shipenkov, Pool)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting of the Victory Day celebrations organizing committee in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Russia's foreign minister says the leader of North Korea is among 26 world leaders who have accepted invitations to Moscow to take part in celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany. (AP Photo/Sergei Ilnitsky, Pool)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during his meeting in the Konstantin Palace outside St. Petersburg, Russia, March 16, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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National Edition Opinion cover for March 16, 2015 - Russia flexes its muscle in the Middle East (Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service) ** FILE **