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FILE- In this June 14, 2011, file photo, then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, and Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theater, conductor Valery Gergiev, left, are at the opening ceremony of the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition in the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, Russia. An artists' spat over President Vladimir Putin and his adoption ban joins a long tradition in Russian politics. At the core of the argument today is a question about what an artist's role should be in Putin's Russia: attracting generous state funding for bigger and better artistic projects, or challenging the political system in a way most ordinary citizens cannot afford to do.  (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Yana Lapikova, Pool, File)

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