Possibly bad news for Russia

If RFERL is correct, several key landmarks in Russia may be removed from UNESCO's World Heritage list, which would allow developers to build there. This would be a tragedy; of those places, I have only been to Peterhof (which was amazing), but it looks like I'd better try to get the others when I'm there.


We’re #1! We’re #1! (Sort of)

As I am getting ready to go to Russia in just a few weeks, you have no idea how much this warms the cockles of my heart: Asked to list the five countries they considered to be hostile or unfriendly to Russia, 38 percent included the United States on the list, followed by Georgia at…