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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CD Salesmen Make Sex Patrons Anxious

City Crime Statistics*
Jan. 9 - Jan. 15
Theft (total)623224
Apartment burglaries695
Car theft185
For the Record
Car accidents143
    a) killed13
    b) injured154
Public drunkenness2,681
    a) detained overnight166
Missing persons9
Bodies discovered62
*City police said statistics for Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 are missing due to technical problems.
Source: Moscow police

Russia may seem to be a place where a libertine lifestyle can be indulged without leaving a trace, but now thanks to the ever-ingenious pirated-CD salesman, there are some nervous lovers of paid sex out there.

Following the appearance of numerous other databases -- of bank customers with bad credit, mobile phone subscribers and taxpayers -- the latest disc to hit the street is the Moscow John's worst nightmare: selected notes from Moscow madams' diaries listing regular brothel customers and their various peccadilloes.

The disc, selling for 2,000 rubles ($75.22) at Savyolovsky market, lists hundreds of phone books with hundreds of telephone numbers in each one. Some of the names are accompanied by a handy, often brutally frank, description.

A quick search through the disc found the most frequent comment was: "Doesn't pay much."

Moskovsky Komsomolets reported that one well-known businessman's preferences are noted as "three fatties" who "should all sing songs," while a politician is described as "angry but paying well."

The tabloid, notoriously hard to shock, described the disc as making the detention of Mikhail Prokhorov in Courchevel seem like child's play. The Norilsk Nickel chief executive was held for four days of questioning in an investigation into prostitution in the French ski resort.

The disc appeared in markets around six weeks ago, said Anton, a salesman in a shop selling pirated CDs at Savyolovsky market.

The origins of the CD are murky, but as with the other databases, the most popular theory points to a leak from law enforcement agencies. "It probably came from the cops," Anton said.

Moskovsky Komsomolets cited a source in the economic crimes police unit as saying it was trying to determine who had compiled and distributed the information; the culprit was most likely a junior member of the police force.

How much of the database is genuine is another question. "There is a lot of doubt in the truthfulness and accuracy of the information shown in the database," the source was quoted as saying. The police unit could not be reached for comment Tuesday.