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Russians flock to Baltics for Orthodox Christmas

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With the Eastern Orthodox Christmas just around the corner, three ex-Soviet Baltic states are facing a new invasion from the east as Russian tourists flood in for the holidays. 

A child lights a candle on January 7, 2012 during a religious service to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas in Saint Clement Cathedral in Skopje. ©AFP PHOTO / ROBERT ATANASOVSKI

In stark contrast to the reviled Soviet takeover which saw Moscow subjugate Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from World War II until 1990-91, despite frosty official relations the EU Baltic trio are now rolling out the red carpet for Russian tourists.

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