FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2005 file photo, President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila, left, greet Syrian President Bashar Assad, second left, and his wife Asma Akhras during a welcome ceremony in ... more 
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2005 file photo, President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila, left, greet Syrian President Bashar Assad, second left, and his wife Asma Akhras during a welcome ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow. As Syria's bloodshed deepens, the country's British-born first lady has become an object of contempt for many, a Marie Antoinette figure who shopped online for fondue sets and 6-inch, crystal-encrusted Christian Louboutin heels while her country burned. The EU has slapped sanctions on Asma Assad, the young, stylish wife who for a decade offered a veneer of respectability to one of the world's most secretive and ruthless dictatorships.(AP Photo/Sergei Chirikov, Pool, File) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Sergei Chirikov, Pool, File
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