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Posting will be lighter on Transmission for the next few weeks over the holiday period.

But as it's Stalin's 130th birthday, we'll leave you with a piece from one of our VJs about the Soviet leader's reappearance in the Moscow Metro.

Stalin Returns To The Moscow Metro
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Happy holidays!

-- Luke Allnutt

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