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Members of the State Duma, lower parliament chamber, applaud for their voting during a plenary session in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 20, 2014. The Kremlin-controlled State Duma voted Thursday to allow Crimea to join Russia following a quick discussion in which members of the Kremlin-controlled chamber assailed the Ukrainian authorities. The merger needs to be rubber stamped by the upper house and signed by President Vladimir Putin, mere formalities expected to be completed by the end of the week. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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**FILE** Thorbjoern Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe (left) speaks to Chairman of the Russian parliamentary committee on international affairs Alexey Pushkov during his meeting with lawmakers at the State Duma, lower parliament chamber, in Moscow on May 21, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Thorbjoern Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe (left) speaks to Chairman of the Russian parliamentary committee on international affairs Alexey Pushkov during his meeting with lawmakers at the State Duma, lower parliament chamber, in Moscow on May 21, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Thorbjoern Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe (left) speaks to Chairman of the Russian parliamentary committee on international affairs Alexey Pushkov during his meeting with lawmakers at the State Duma, lower parliament chamber, in Moscow on May 21, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Thorbjoern Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe (left) speaks to Chairman of the Russian parliamentary committee on international affairs Alexey Pushkov during his meeting with lawmakers at the State Duma, lower parliament chamber, in Moscow on May 21, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Police officers detain gay rights activists as they gathered near the State Duma, Russia's lower parliament chamber, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks to the State Duma, the Russian parliament's lower house, in Moscow on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, addressing the State Duma, the parliament's lower chamber, in Moscow on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, said Russia must be "independent and strong" to resist outside pressure. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)