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Moscow's mayor is overseeing the destruction of many of the city's historic monuments. A stand needs to be taken against this illegal vandalism—and international criticism can help

The foyer of Turandot restaurant is full of devchonki—Russian girls in tiny skirts, hair tumbling down their backs, leaning on the arms of powerful men. It is cold outside, but from the restaurant comes a warm smell of oriental spices and the soft thrum of a harp being played by a girl in a teetering white 18th-century style wig. This is Moscow’s latest fashionable restaurant, and the delight of Russia’s ruling classes. My companions and I are placed near the entrance, and seconds after we sit down, the mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, strolls in with his wife Yelena Baturina,…

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