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Russian 'dolls'

, March 23, 2014

Painted Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, are pictured in the Centre of Russian Culture in Daugavpils, Latvia. In the former Soviet republics of Latvia and Estonia, there is unease over events in Crimea, which was formally annexed by Moscow last week on the pretext of safeguarding its Russian minorities. In Daugavpils, where a Russian Tzarist-era fortress and barracks meet grey Soviet-era apartment blocks, once is more likely to be greeted in Russian than Latvian, with 51 percent of the city's residents Russians. Reuters/Ints Kalnins




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