For the first time in 8 years, Syria's first lady Asma al Assad has given a rare interview with Russian state television. Intelligent, caring and elegant, Mrs Assad draws on Princess Diana's humility and glamour as she talks of her devotion to the Syrian people.
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Oliver James is an international broadcast journalist and legal researcher, based in London. With a fluency in French, Spanish, Italian and Russian, his projects span the Middle East, former Soviet Union and Europe.
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