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By John McPhee

Within the 1960's and 1970's, American professor Norton circumvent forayed on his personal within the Soviet Union, obtained the paintings of underground "unofficial" artists, and taken it out himself or prepared to have it shipped illegally to the U.S.. John McPhee investigates Dodge's clandestine actions within the provider of dissident Soviet paintings, his explanations for his paintings, and the fates of a number of of the artists whose lives he touched. The Ransom of Russian paintings is a suspenseful, chilling, and engaging record on a covert operation like no different.

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The largest proportion of women convicts were married (44 percent), but most had no husband: 37 percent were single, while 19 percent were widows. A majority (71 percent) were between twenty and forty years old. Eighty-one percent of women were illiterate. Finally, the vast majority of women offenders (96 percent) were considered sin oficio (without an occupation). Only three had recognized employment: a midwife, a washerwoman, and a seamstress. 43 The figures confirmed that midcentury rates of banditry were high in relation to other crimes and that banditry was very common in central and north-central Mexico.

The main difference was that a significant number of lower-class men opted for banditry. In the absence of more concrete evidence, such as the transcripts of court trials, why they did is a matter of educated guessing. Whatever future research may reveal, the profiles of these bandits are suggestive for those who argue for environmental explanations. ”50 This conforms to the analysis of midcentury liberals, who offered explanations that focused on poor upbringing, poverty, and political instability.

In practice, this meant that the legal system distributed punishments unequally. The courts punished lower-class convicts, mainly mestizos and other castas (mixed races), with incarceration, death by hanging, and corporal punishment such as torture, whipping, mutilation, and amputation. On the other hand, persons of wealth and nobility could expect special consideration and lighter punishments, while those who enjoyed corporate privileges—military officers, clerics, and indigenous people—were exempt from the jurisdiction of the regular courts.

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