NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia ? In this region of Siberia, long synonymous with gulags and hardship, shoppers mobbed an Ikea store last winter with the vigor of a miners? riot. They loaded their outsize yellow shopping carts with clothes, housewares, appliances and small furniture.

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Of course the article fails to mention the shoppers are not ordinary Siberians. They are oil and other natural resource workers that work there.