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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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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)