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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)

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HBO is moving forward with plans to produce a dramatic movie based on the life of Mikhail Gorbachev, with the former Soviet Union president collaborating as a consultant.

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HBO is moving forward with plans to produce a dramatic movie based on the life of Mikhail Gorbachev, with the former Soviet Union president collaborating as a consultant.

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Participants in a meeting of former U.S. and Russian envoys in Moscow on Sunday, March 31, 2013, include (from left) Alexander Vershbow, Thomas Pickering, Jack Matlock, James Collins and John Beyrle, all former U.S. ambassadors to Russia or the Soviet Union; (on the right side of the table) Vladimir Lukin, former Russian ambassador to the U.S.; Yuri Dubinin, former Soviet ambassador to U.S.; former Russian Ambassador to Poland Leonid Drachevsky; Sergei Rogov, director of the Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies; and Alexander Bessmertnykh, former Soviet ambassador to U.S.

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Participants in a meeting of former U.S. and Russian envoys in Moscow on Sunday, March 31, 2013, include (from left) Alexander Vershbow, Thomas Pickering, Jack Matlock, James Collins and John Beyrle, all former U.S. ambassadors to Russia or the Soviet Union; (on the right side of the table) Vladimir Lukin, former Russian ambassador to the U.S.; Yuri Dubinin, former Soviet ambassador to U.S.; former Russian Ambassador to Poland Leonid Drachevsky; Sergei Rogov, director of the Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies; and Alexander Bessmertnykh, former Soviet ambassador to U.S.

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Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, lays embalmed in his tomb on Moscow's Red Square, Wednesday April 16, 1997, six days before his 127th April 22 birthday. (AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin)

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Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, lies embalmed in his tomb on Moscow's Red Square on Wednesday, April 16, 1997, six days before his 127th birthday on April 22. (AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin)

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Protesters carry a message reading "Russia Go Forward Without Putin" as thousands of people rally in Moscow on Tuesday, the Russia Day holiday marking the declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1990. (Associated Press)

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Protesters carry a message reading "Russia Go Forward Without Putin" as thousands of people rally in Moscow on Tuesday, the Russia Day holiday marking the declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1990. (Associated Press)

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Ten immigrants from the former Soviet Union, six of them Jewish, were injured in an explosion that tore through the entrance tunnel to a central Duesseldorf commuter train station on July 27, 2000. (Associated Press)

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A detail of a bronze cast of the Moscow Kremlin, given to President Ronald Reagan by Mikhail Gorbachev following Reagan's visit to the Soviet Union in 1988, is seen at the National Archives, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, during a press preview of rarely displayed original documents and artifacts in recognition of the Ronald Reagan Centennial. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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The Soviet SS-20 was an intermediate-range ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead and was one of the classes of missiles subject to the INF Treaty. The Soviet Union began to demolish its nuclear stockpile at Kapustin Yar, a missile test site, in July 1988. This plaque showcases a fragment of the last Soviet SS-20 missile, which was destroyed on May 12, 1991. Photo: National Archives, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum