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Cocaine, Caviar And Charges Of Rape: A Sordid Tale Of Parisian High Society

The heir to the famous Parisian restaurant “La Maison du Caviar” was famous for over-the-top parties and pretty, sometimes drug-dependent young women. Now, two of them accuse him of rape and torture.

Cyril de Lalagade, heir to Paris' Maison du Caviar (Facebook)
Cyril de Lalagade, heir to Paris' Maison du Caviar (Facebook)
Patricia Joly

PARIS - Cyril de Lalagade is, as they say, a young man, born well. He is the heir to the prestigious Parisian restaurant "La Maison du Caviar," which now has branched out worldwide, and is also the Vice President of Caviar Volga. A successful man whose resume hides a troubled past and a love of wild parties, drugs, sex and pretty women.

Two of those women, Jennifer D., 27, and Inès C. de B. 26, fell for Lalagade, and now accuse him of feeding their drug addiction between 2005 and 2009, in order to subject them to sexual practices that they accepted at first but were later physically incapable of refusing.

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When Mom Believes Putin: A Russian Family Torn Apart Over Ukraine Invasion

Sisters Rante and Satu Vodich fled Russia because they could no longer bear to live under Putin — but their mother believes state propaganda about the war. Her daughters are building a new life for themselves in Georgia.

A mother and her daughter on a barricade in Kyiv

Steffi Unsleber

TBILISI — On a gloomy afternoon in May, Rante Vodich gets the keys to her new home. A week earlier, the 27-year-old found this wooden shed in Tbilisi, with a corrugated iron roof and ramshackle bathroom. The shed next door houses an old bed covered in dust. Vodich refers to the place as a “studio” and pays $300 per month in rent. She says finding the studio is the best thing that’s happened to her since she came to Georgia. It is her hope for the future.

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Her younger sister Satu Vodich is around 400 kilometers further west, in the city of Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, surrounded by Russian tourists, Ukrainian flags, skyscrapers with sea views and the run-down homes of local residents.

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