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The evacuation was the strongest sign yet of Russia’s doubts in the ability of President Bashar Assad’s regime to cling to power.

Last month, Russia started distancing itself from Assad, with President Vladimir Putin saying that he understands Syria needs change and that he was not protecting the Syrian ruler.

The group was expected to travel to the Lebanese capital and board two planes that Russia sent to Beirut to take them home.

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