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Communists carry a flag depicting Vladimir Lenin, the Soviet Union founder, during a tradition May Day march in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Communists carry a flag depicting Vladimir Lenin, the Soviet Union founder, during a tradition May Day march in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 1991, file photo, Robert Strauss, U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Armed Service Committee. Strauss, a former chairman of the Democratic Party and an ambassador to the Soviet Union, has died. Strauss' law firm confirmed his death Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at age 95. (AP Photo/John Duricka, File)

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Man and machine: Gen. Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose work as a weapons designer for the Soviet Union is immortalized in the name of the world's most popular firearm, died Monday. (Associated Press)

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Man and machine: Gen. Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose work as a weapons designer for the Soviet Union is immortalized in the name of the world's most popular firearm, died Monday. (Associated Press)

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President Kennedy confers with his brother Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in 1962 during the buildup of tensions with the Soviet Union that became Cuban Missile Crisis. (Associated Press Photographs)