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.

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