A Russian soldier waits for a concert to commemorate South Ossetia's war dead August 21, 2008 in Tskhinvali, the capital of the Georgian breakaway province of South Ossetia. South Ossetia has been de facto independent from Georgia since the early 1990s, and has been forging closer ties with Russia in the aftermath of the recent Russia-Georgian war. By Chris Hondros/Getty.

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