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Russian soldiers prepare tanks at the Tskhinvali military base, South Ossetia, on Aug. 7, 2009. (DMITRY KOSTYUKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Expands Military Influence Over Georgia

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) welcomes North Korean special envoy Choe Ryong Hae during their meeting in Moscow on Nov. 20. (ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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