Perhaps the most colorful story to come out of the WikiLeaks cables thus far is the impressions of a U.S. diplomat after he attended the wedding of a son of a Dagestani oil magnate. (The diplomat calls the wedding a "microcosm of the social and political relations of the North Caucasus.") The celebration featured dancing Gypsies and heavy drinking. Among the guests of honor was Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who attended in jeans and a T-shirt, carried a gold-plated automatic weapon, was surrounded by armed guards, and gave the newlyweds a 5-kilogram lump of gold as a gift.
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