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Photo: Visiting Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri met with Russian President Vladimir Putin
Pen over fist: Visiting Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in 2003 to sign a friendship treaty. AP Photo/ Yuri Kochetkov, Pool