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People dressed as the Russian Santa Claus, Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) and his companion Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) stand near a New Year tree at the central Ala-Too Square  in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, on December 27, 2011. New Year, which was the biggest informal holiday of the year in the former Soviet Union, is also very popular in predominantly Muslim Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. AFP PHOTO / VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO (Photo credit should read VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images) Vyacheslav Oseledko, AFP / Getty Images