FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 file photo, Father Frost, the Russian equivalent to Santa Claus, waves during a welcome ceremony near Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral in the background, in Moscow. The Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan is reportedly stealing Christmas by keeping the local version of Santa Claus off the airwaves. Independent news website UzMetronom reported Monday Dec. 10, 2012, that President Islam Karimov's authoritarian government imposed the informal ban on Father Frost and his snow maiden sidekick. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, file)

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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 file photo, Father Frost, the Russian equivalent to Santa Claus, waves during a welcome ceremony near Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral in the background, in Moscow. The Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan is reportedly stealing Christmas by keeping the local version of Santa Claus off the airwaves. Independent news website UzMetronom reported Monday Dec. 10, 2012, that President Islam Karimov's authoritarian government imposed the informal ban on Father Frost and his snow maiden sidekick. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, file)
FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 file photo, Father Frost, the Russian equivalent to Santa Claus, waves during a welcome ceremony near Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral in the background, in Moscow. The Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan is reportedly stealing Christmas by keeping the local version of Santa Claus off the airwaves. Independent news website UzMetronom reported Monday Dec. 10, 2012, that President Islam Karimov's authoritarian government imposed the informal ban on Father Frost and his snow maiden sidekick. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, file)
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