A Russian flag featuring Prime Minister Vladimir Putin flies above his supporters at a square just outside the Kremlin in Moscow as they celebrate Putin’s election on March 5, 2012. Putin regained the presidency after four years as prime minister.
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A biker shows a banner depicting Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and featuring the WWII slogan “For the Motherland! For Stalin!” in Moscow on April 25, 2015. Pro-Putin bikers began a controversial ride through Europe to celebrate the Soviet Union’s role in the World War II victory over Nazi Germany.
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A woman holds a portrait of Stalin near Moscow’s Red Square on May 7 ahead of celebrations to mark the anniversary of the WWII victory.
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Communists carry a portrait of Stalin as they march in a May Day demonstration in Moscow on May 1.
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Vladimir Putin delivers a campaign speech at a rally of his supporters in Moscow on Feb. 23, 2012. Putin, prime minister at the time, was running in the presidential election, which he won.
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Busts of Stalin and Putin at a souvenir shop in Moscow on May 4.
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Stalin reports on the draft of a new Soviet Constitution in the Kremlin in Moscow in 1936.
A massive banner of Putin dressed as Stalin hangs above a hill in Prague, Czech Republic, on Oct. 25, 2013. It was part of an anti-communist campaign before an early parliamentary election.