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In pictures: As the Olympics approach, Russians take time to reflect

In preparation for the Sochi Games, correspondent Mark MacKinnon and photographer John Lehmann query Russians about what they think foreigners think of their country. Here are some of their answers

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OIL, GAS Temur, 47, taxi driver in Moscow.

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BEARS Alexander Losev, 70, fisherman in Yekaterinburg.

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GREAT SCIENTISTS Alexander Pudovkin, 66, animal rights activist in Yekaterinburg.

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MULTI-NATIONAL COUNTRY Daud Khanbiev, 47, imam at Grozny’s Central Mosque “The Heart of Chechnya.”

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VARIOUS Vladimir Pyatnov, 49, dressed as a guard from the times of the tsar, in Moscow.

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AMAZING MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE Father Alexei Kulberg, 42, priest in Yekaterinburg.

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EASY-GOING, SOCIALLY COMMUNICATIVE, DIFFERENT Anna Ivanova, 24, make-up stylist in Moscow.

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SELF-IRONY Marat Guelman, 53, contemporary art gallery owner.

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BRAVERY Zaira Maglaeva, 32, Grozny Avia CEO’s secretary.

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VERY COLD Diana Murtazova, 23, victim of Beslan hostage-taking.

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GENEROUS, POORLY SELF-DISCIPLINED Vlada Gasnikova, 25, public relations staffer for a homeless shelter, St. Petersburg.

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A BIT CUCKOO Dmitry Travin, 37, banker and defender of architectural heritage in St. Petersburg.

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