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IN THE lobby of the Hotel Vladivostok a cleaning lady shuffles back and forth.
Irene, the key-lady on the hotel's fourth floor, told me with an innocent smile that I could bring anything to my room 'except explosives'.
This seemed to be a joke until the next evening, when police, armed with sub-machine- guns, conducted a room-by-room search, demanding to see passports and asking whether anyone had guns or explosives.
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City: Vladivostok Age: 27 Birth Date: 11/27/1989 Zodiac: Sagittarius, Snake Weight: 95lb, 43kg Height: 5'2", 157cm Eye Color: Gray Hair Color: Blonde Marital Status: Single Children: None Religion: Christian (Orthodox) Smoker: No Drinker: Socially Education: University Company: Law Firm Job Title: Office Manager / Translator Years Worked: 1 Sports: Fitness Hobbies: Travelling, shopping, reading, music English: excellent Languages: Russian (native), German (fair) Self Description: I am calm, honest, hardworking and caring young woman with a big heart. My dearest wish is to find my soulmate and to create a family with him.
Clustered on hills around the port, it seems to be designed for panoramic postcard views.
'From the brotherhood to a brother,' reads the inscription.
Opening the city after it had been cut off from the rest of Russia and the world for more than 30 years has been like opening the doors of a zoo and watching the law of the jungle take over.
Local officials say the graceful city, with its old European buildings and tramways up and down the hills, could be a Russian San Francisco.
But at the moment it is little more than a Russian South-Central Los Angeles, with mafia warfare and street crime, verging on a complete breakdown of law and order.