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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow February 23, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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A man smokes a cigarette at a cheap canada goose uk cafe in central Krasnoyarsk in Siberia January 24, 2013. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that will ban smoking in most public places and restrict cigarette sales in the Canada Goose Parka world’s canada goose second largest tobacco market after China. The law will ban smoking in some public places such as subways and schools from June 1, and come into force a year later in other places including restaurants and cafes. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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