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This Bulgarian shepherd puppy gained fame when Vladimir Putin received him as a gift from Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov. Even Putin couldn't resist cuddling this pup.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during a plenary session of an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 19, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Head of the Federal Customs Service Andrei Belyaninov, left, and Vladimir Putin's aide, Yury Ushakov, seen during a Putin-chaired meeting of officials in Moscow, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the opening of the Army-2015 international military show in Kubinka, outside Moscow, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Vasily Maximov/AFP pool photo via AP) ** FILE **

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has allied himself with Alexander Zaldostanov, also known as The Surgeon, the leader of the Night Wolves biker group. (Associated Press)

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Pope Francis meets Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of a private audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

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Hillary Rodham Clinton's comparing Russian's Vladimir Putin to Hitler worries both GOP and Democrat critics. (Associated Press)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, in this May 28, 2015, file photo. (Sergei Karpukhin/File-Pool Photo via AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 29, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday to make losses of Russian troops who are on "special operations" in peacetime, a state secret. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony of presentation of credentials by foreign ambassadors in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony of presentation of credentials by foreign ambassadors in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks at the 10th business forum "Business Russia" in Moscow on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to downplay the effects of U.S. and European sanctions on his country's economy, asserting that Russia has managed to survive the economic assault from the West. (Associated Press)

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks at a concert marking the 80th birthday anniversary of Russia's first president, Boris Yeltsin, in Moscow, Tuesday, Feb. 1 , 2011. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin attend a meeting of the Victory Day celebrations organizing committee in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, in this March 17, 2015, file photo. (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting with representatives of top military brass and defense industries at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, May 12, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Secretary of State John F. Kerry hopes to keep the Ukraine situation separate from his push for a new dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Syria, U.S. officials said Monday. (Associated Press)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square, Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

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National Edition News cover for May 1, 2015 - CHINA, RUSSIA GET COZY: Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during their meeting in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 22, 2013. Russia is Xi Jinping's first foreign destination as China's president. Xi's talks with Putin on Friday are set to focus on oil and gas as China seeks to secure new energy resources to fuel its growing economy. (AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin, Pool)