FILE- In this Sept. 15, 2011, file photo, then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir 

FILE- In this Sept. 15, 2011, file photo, then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with Director of the Theater of Nations Yevgeny Mironov as he visits the Theater of Nations in Moscow, Russia. An artists' spat over President Vladimir Putin and his adoption ban joins a long tradition in Russian politics. At the core of the argument today is a question about what an artist's role should be in Putin's Russia: attracting generous state funding for bigger and better artistic projects, or challenging the political system in a way most ordinary citizens cannot afford to do.  (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool, File)
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FILE- In this Sept. 15, 2011, file photo, then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with Director of the Theater of Nations Yevgeny Mironov as he visits the Theater of Nations in Moscow, Russia. An artists' spat over President Vladimir Putin and his adoption ban joins a long tradition in Russian politics. At the core of the argument today is a question about what an artist's role should be in Putin's Russia: attracting generous state funding for bigger and better artistic projects, or challenging the political system in a way most ordinary citizens cannot afford to do. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool, File)
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