Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the background, takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier on the eve of the Victory Day in Moscow, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. President Vladimir Putin attended a ceremony ahead of two days of public holiday and military parades for Victory Day, which remains a significant event on the Russian calendar. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Yekaterina Shtukina, Government Press Service)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the background, takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier on the eve of the Victory Day in Moscow, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. President Vladimir Putin attended a ceremony ahead of two days of public holiday and military parades for Victory Day, which remains a significant event on the Russian calendar. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Yekaterina Shtukina, Government Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the background, takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier on the eve of the Victory Day in Moscow, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. President Vladimir Putin attended a ceremony ahead of two days of public holiday and military parades for Victory Day, which remains a significant event on the Russian calendar. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Yekaterina Shtukina, Government Press Service)
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