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Putin vs. polar bear

<p>Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) attaches a tracking collar to a 507-pound polar bear as he assists in polar bear research to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. 

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) attaches a tracking collar to a 507-pound polar bear as he assists in polar bear research to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) attaches a tracking collar to a 507-pound polar bear as he assists in polar bear research to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

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<p>Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) assists in polar bear research during a visit to far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky </p>

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) assists in polar bear research during a visit to far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) assists in polar bear research during a visit to far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

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<p>Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (C) assists in polar bear research during a visit to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. 


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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (C) assists in polar bear research during a visit to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (C) assists in polar bear research during a visit to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

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<p>Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. 



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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

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<p>Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. 



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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

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<p>Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research during a visit to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. 


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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research during a visit to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research during a visit to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

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<p>Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attaches a tracking collar to a 507-pound polar bear as he assists in polar bear research in the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky </p>

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attaches a tracking collar to a 507-pound polar bear as he assists in polar bear research in the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attaches a tracking collar to a 507-pound polar bear as he assists in polar bear research in the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

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<p>Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. 


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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research to the far north of Russia, April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

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