Photo Gallery: Russia's 'Germany Year' Opens

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'Germany Year' in Russia Event in Moscow Reveals Cooling Ties with Berlin

Moscow's "Germany year" is meant to be a prestigious German-Russian project, but the presidents of the two countries, Vladimir Putin and Joachim Gauck, skipped the opening celebrations. Formerly friendly relations between the two countries have markedly cooled.