Russians face New Year with optimism even as economy struggles, tensions rise with the West

January 1, 2015 8:00 AM

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Russians face New Year with optimism even as economy struggles, tensions rise with the West

Fireworks explode over the St. Basil Cathedral as people celebrate the New Year at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin) (The Associated Press)

People light sparklers as they celebrate the New Year at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 01, 2015. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin) (The Associated Press)

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