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Under New Management: Rebranding Underway at Crimean Parliament

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Workmen change the lettering on the parliament building in Simferopol, Crimea, on March 18, 2014.Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

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SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - Workers removed a sign at the entrance of the Crimean Parliament on Tuesday, not long after Crimean leaders endorsed a draft treaty with President Vladimir Putin that would make the region part of Russia.

The removed sign had read "The High Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea."

Image: Crimea's parliament building in Simferopol
Crimea's parliament building in Simferopol on March 12, left, and on March 18, after the sign was removed.FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP - Getty Images; Ed Flanagan / NBC News

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