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Celebrity photos of the week

Celebrity photos of the week

Actor Gerard Depardieu gestures during a presentation of watches by CVSTOS, a Swiss luxury watch brand from the line "Proud to be Russian" in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

In this Friday, March 20, 1998 file photo people walk along Moscow's Red Square with St. Basil Cathedral, left, and Kremlin's Spassky Tower seen in the background. By all accounts, President Vladimir Putin has had a horrible year: Russia’s currency has lost more than half its value, the econ…

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Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

People enjoy refrestments in a street side cafe, whilst figures indicating the spread on the dollar-ruble rate of an exchange office, are visible through the window in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The Russian government looked at ways of easing the selling pressure on the ruble …

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Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

An electronic board shows exchange rates for the Dollar, top, and the Euro, bottom, next to a luxury St. Petersburg china's shop in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The exchange bureau used the double zero to show the 100 ruble threshold that the euro crossed against the ruble on Tues…

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Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

Office employees take a break near the skyscrapers of the "Moscow City" in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The Russian ruble came under intense selling pressure Tuesday, falling at one point by a catastrophic 20 percent to a new historic low despite a massive pre-dawn interest rate h…

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AP PHOTOS: A look at 2014 in the business world

AP PHOTOS: A look at 2014 in the business world

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 file photo, a man walks by a sign advertising currencies of an exchange office in Moscow, Russia. Russia has been badly affected by the slide in oil prices in 2014 - the ruble has plunged despite big increases in interest rates as much of Russia's econom…

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Russia's sinking economy becoming a global threat

Russia's sinking economy becoming a global threat

People enter and exit a currency exchange office in Moscow on Tuesday. The ruble came under intense selling pressure, falling at one point by 20 percent to a new historic low. Russia’s economy is expected to shrink by 5 percent next year.

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Russia's sinking economy becoming a global threat

Russia's sinking economy becoming a global threat

People wait to exchange their currency as signs advertise the exchange rates at a currency exchange office in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The Russian ruble came under intense selling pressure Tuesday, falling at one point by a catastrophic 20 percent to a new historic low despite…

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Ruble collapse shakes Russian economy, consumers

Ruble collapse shakes Russian economy, consumers

Signs advertising currencies light next to the exchange office in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. After a massive overnight rate hike by Russia's Central Bank, the ruble staged a two-hour rally Tuesday morning before rolling back to new historic lows. The surprise Central Bank decisi…

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Ruble collapse shakes Russian economy, consumers

Ruble collapse shakes Russian economy, consumers

Signs advertising currencies light next to the exchange office in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The price of crude oil continued to drop Monday, and Russia's ruble plunged to a record low against the dollar. The ruble crashed through 60 to the dollar, trading at 60.33 by early after…

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Ruble collapse shakes Russian economy, consumers

Ruble collapse shakes Russian economy, consumers

Signs advertising currencies light next to the exchange office in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. After a massive overnight rate hike by Russia's Central Bank, the ruble staged a two-hour rally Tuesday morning before rolling back to new historic lows. The surprise Central Bank decisi…

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10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, file photo, teople walk past a sign advertising currency exchange rates in Moscow, Russia. The Bank of Russia has raised its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent in a desperate move to boost its currency and rescue its troubled economy. (AP …

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Dems, GOP press Obama to back Russian sanctions

Dems, GOP press Obama to back Russian sanctions

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 23 2014, file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin walks as he attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia. As the diplomatic chill over Ukraine grows, the Kremlin seems keener than ever on enlisting Europe’s anti-EU par…

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Russia's ruble under pressure despite rate rise

Russia's ruble under pressure despite rate rise

A man carrying takeaway from a cafe heads to his car as he walks past a sign advertising currency exchange rates, in downtown Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The ruble has steadily lost its value under the impact of low oil prices and Western sanctions against Russia, but Russian P…

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Russian official in Syria talks peace with Assad

Russian official in Syria talks peace with Assad

FILE -- In this April 14, 2014 file photo, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan Ali Ahmed Karti in Moscow, Russia. Bogdanov arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 for talks expected to focus on Moscow's effo…

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Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, Rebiya Setarova, 80, wrapped in a woolen shawl, speaks to the Associated Press at a dirt road ahead of Friday’s prayer in Sary-Su, Crimea. Since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, armed men have shown up frequently and at odd hours to search the…

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Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, Abdureshit Dzhapparov, whose son was kidnapped on the streets of Sary-Su in September 2014 waits for a Friday's prayer at a mosque in Sary-Su, Crimea Since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, armed men have shown up frequently and at odd hours to…

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Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, shows a view of the center of Sary-Su, Crimea, with a water tower, center, and a mosque, left. Since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, armed men have shown up frequently and at odd hours to search the cinder-block houses, mosque and school in t…

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Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, Abdureshit Dzhapparov, right, whose son was kidnapped on the streets of Sary-Su in September 2014 waits for the beginning of Friday's prayer inside a mosque in Sary-Su, Crimea. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

In this photo taken on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, Djemil Kemishev, a lawyer for one of those accused in the May 3 trial, speaks to the Associated Press in his office in Simferopol, Crimea. In May, hundreds of Crimean Tatars defied authorities and broke through a border checkpoint to greet thei…

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Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

In this photo taken on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, Prime Minister of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov speaks during an interview to the Associated Press in Simferopol, Crimea. Since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, armed men have shown up frequently and at odd hours to search the cinder-block houses, …

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Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

This photo taken on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 shows a view of Bakhchisarai, a city in central Crimea, a territory recognized by a majority of countries as part of Ukraine and incorporated by Russia as the Republic of Crimea. Since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, armed men have shown up frequ…

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Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

In this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, Tatar boys play football in the field in front of a mosque just outside the town of Bakhchysarai, Crimea. Since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, armed men have shown up frequently and at odd hours to search the cinder-block houses, mosque and …

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Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, Akhseid Dzhedzhekov, speaks during an interview to the Associated Press. Dzhedzhekov was nervous about the consequences of speaking publicly to a journalist in Sary-Su, Crimea. Since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, armed men have shown up fre…

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Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, Asiye Abduvelieva, who teaches Tatar language and culture holds a lesson at a Tatar school in Sary-Su, Crimea. Nearby, at School No. 4, armed men burst into the empty classroom of Abduvelieva. They seized dozens of books. The instructor was later…

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Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

In this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, Crimean Tatars leader Mustafa Djemilev's wife Safinara speaks to the Associated Press at her home just outside the town of Bakhchysarai, Crimea. Since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, armed men have shown up frequently and at odd hours to sear…

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UCRANIA

UCRANIA

Nacionalistas rusos cargan banderas de la autodenominada República Popular de Donetsk durante una marcha en apoyo a los separatistas ucranianos que luchan contra las fuerzas del gobierno en el este de Ucrania, en Moscú, Rusia, el martes 4 de noviembre de 2014. (Foto AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

November 04, 2014 12:36 pm
Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

En esta foto del miércoles 27 de agosto de 2014, el presidente ruso Vladimir Putin habla con la prensa luego de sus conversaciones con su colega ucraniano Petro Poroshenko en Minsk, Bielorrusia. (AP Foto/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, Archivo)

September 03, 2014 11:25 am
Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

El presidente ruso Vladimir Putin llega a una conferencia de prensa después de sostener conversaciones con el presidente ucraniano Petro Poroshenko en Minsk, Bielorrusia, el miércoles 27 de agosto de 2014. (Foto AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

August 29, 2014 8:36 am
Vladimir Putin, Catherine Ashton, Petro Poroshenko, Alexander Lukashenko,

Vladimir Putin, Catherine Ashton, Petro Poroshenko, Alexander Lukashenko,

El presidente de Bielorrusia, Alexander Lukashenko, segundo de la izquierda, recibe a los presidentes Vladimir Putin, de Rusia, izq, y Petro Poroshenko, de Ucrania, y a la directora de política exterior de la Unión Europea Catherine Ashton en Minsk, Bielorrusia, el 26 de agosto del 2014, par…

August 26, 2014 10:26 am
UCRANIA

UCRANIA

Vecinos rodean un auto destruido luego de un ataque de fuerzas del gobierno ucraniano en Sloviansk, Ucrania, miércoles 28 de mayo de 2014. (AP Foto/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

May 29, 2014 1:55 pm
Russians, Ukrainians celebrate Victory Day Over Nazis

Russians, Ukrainians celebrate Victory Day Over Nazis

Pro-Russian activists hold Donetsk republic flag during celebrations of the Victory Day at a WWII memorial in Saur-Mogila, about 60 km. (31 miles) east of Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, May 9, 2014. Russia wants Ukraine to adopt a new constitution that would give broad powers to its regions — and…

May 09, 2014 1:14 pm
Axel Schneider

Axel Schneider

El jefe de los observadores militares extranjeros, el coronel alemán Axel Schenider, se retira después de hablar con la prensa tras de que la insurgencia pro rusa lo dejara en libertad en Slovyansk, Ucrania, el sábado 3 de mayo de 2014. Los rebeldes dejaron en libertad a Schenider y a otros …

May 03, 2014 11:17 am
UCRANIA

UCRANIA

Una pareja de ancianos baila mientras ciudadanos locales se reúnen para celebrar el Día de Mayo en Slovyansk, este de Ucrania, el jueves 1 de mayo de 2014. (Foto AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

May 01, 2014 11:40 am
Protesters seize new building in eastern Ukraine

Protesters seize new building in eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian activists storm a government building in Luhansk, one of the largest cities in Ukraine’s troubled east. Insurgents have seized city halls, police stations and other government buildings in at least 10 cities and towns.

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UCRANIA

UCRANIA

Milicianos pro rusos enmascarados hacen guardia a la entrada de una oficina regional del Servicio de Seguridad de Ucrania, con banderas rusas de fondo, en Luhansk, Ucrania, el lunes 21 de abril de 2014.( Foto AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

April 21, 2014 5:01 pm
Anti-Kremlin protest draws thousands in Moscow

Anti-Kremlin protest draws thousands in Moscow

A woman holds a sign with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s picture and the words “Stop lying!” on Sunday. 

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Russia Underwear Ban

Russia Underwear Ban

Lace underwear is seen inside a shop in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. A trade ban on synthetic underwear has Russia and her economic allies with their knickers in a twist. Post-Soviet consumers reacted with dismay to news that synthetic underwear will be banned within the Eurasian E…

February 19, 2014 11:40 am
Gay rights and the Sochi Olympics

Gay rights and the Sochi Olympics

A Russian gay rights activist walks along a police line during a rally at a Moscow boulevard on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/ Alexander Zemlianichenko)

January 31, 2014 4:48 pm
Gay rights and the Sochi Olympics

Gay rights and the Sochi Olympics

Russian gay rights activists argue with police protecting them, during a rally, at a Moscow boulevard in downtown on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/ Alexander Zemlianichenko)

January 31, 2014 4:48 pm
Gay rights and the Sochi Olympics

Gay rights and the Sochi Olympics

Russian gay rights activists march along a Moscow boulevard in downtown on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Slogans read: ' Down with all Kinds of Fascism', ' Homophobia in to the Fire!', ' For Peace without Racism ! ', and 'Bisexuals Against Fascism'. (AP Photo/ Alexander Zemlianichenko)

January 31, 2014 4:48 pm
Gay rights and the Sochi Olympics

Gay rights and the Sochi Olympics

Police guard as Russian gay rights activists march along a Moscow boulevard during a rally, in downtown on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/ Alexander Zemlianichenko)

January 31, 2014 4:48 pm
Gay rights and the Sochi Olympics

Gay rights and the Sochi Olympics

Several hundred Russian gay rights activists march along a Moscow bridge in downtown on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Slogans read: 'Down with all Kinds of Fascism', 'Homophobia in to the Fire', 'For Peace without Racism', and 'Bisexuals Against Fascism'. (AP Photo/ Alexander Zemlianichenko)

January 31, 2014 4:48 pm
Winter Olympics moments in history

Winter Olympics moments in history

Gold medalist Eric Bergoust, of the U.S. holds up his medal for men's freestyle aerial skiing, during a Winter Olympics awards ceremony in downtown Nagano, Japan, Wednesday night, Feb. 18, 1998. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

January 11, 2014 3:33 pm
Svetlana Kravchenko

Svetlana Kravchenko

Svetlana Kravchenko, periodisats del portal Nudo Caucásico, conversa con la AP en Sochi, Rusia, el 27 de noviembre del 2013. Decenas de activistas que critican distintos aspectos de los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno de Sochi han sido hostigados por el gobierno. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

December 17, 2013 2:33 pm
UCRANIA-PROTESTAS

UCRANIA-PROTESTAS

Manifestantes pro Unión Europea se calienten junto a una fogata durante un acto de protesta en la Plaza de la Independencia en Kiev, Ucrania, el viernes, 13 de diciembre del 2013. (Foto AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

December 13, 2013 10:33 am
9-year term sought for `mastermind’ in Bolshoi acid attack

9-year term sought for `mastermind’ in Bolshoi acid attack

Pavel Dmitrichenko, left, Andrei Lipatov and Yuri Zarutsky are suspects in the attack that left Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin with severe acid burns and nearly blinded.

November 29, 2013 2:35 pm
Snowden honored by US whistleblowers in Moscow as his father arrives, hoping to visit

Snowden honored by US whistleblowers in Moscow as his father arrives, hoping to visit

Lon Snowden listens for a question during an interview with The Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Edward Snowden's father Lon Snowden told Russian television outside the Moscow airport Thursday morning that his son is not planning to return to the United States. Lo…

October 10, 2013 2:51 pm
Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

A visitor holds an albino hedgehog in a private zoo in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Three rare albino hedgehog babies, born on the same day as Britain's new prince, have moved into a miniature castle at a Moscow petting zoo. The three are named after the Prince of Cambridge ó Geo…

August 25, 2013 4:04 pm
Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

Parent hedgehogs Maria, left, and Gosha, 2nd right, eat with their albino babies in a private zoo in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Three rare albino hedgehog babies, born on the same day as Britain's new prince, have moved into a miniature castle at a Moscow petting zoo. The three…

August 25, 2013 4:03 pm

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