This week Moscow hotel “Radisson Slavyanskaya” held an event for the travel agencies and the media, and organized a new office for the promotion of tourism in Tokyo, for Russia under the motto “In Tokyo. A Meeting of Old and New.
Anna Novikova with a story about the immortality of the human spirit via Mila Arutyunyan, an Armenian-born Russian shopkeeper.
Yaroslav’s Sergei Pimanov was a physics professor once, but the fates and a bad system abandoned him to a different fate. Today he teaches love and life, selling his magnets and magnetic charm on the streets of the city.
We met the man in the Summer of 2016. We noticed him every time we passed the city center on business. In the evenings he was always there, this good-natured 70-year-old, always, always smiling. On our first meeting I stopped just to say hello, this is when I learned his name is Valentin.
“Where are we going to?” I asked my brother this morning, as he was driving in an unknown direction with a cheeky grin on his face. When no reply seemed imminent I asked; “Are you going to tell me?” Finally his response was; “To wash off our sins in the Volga”.
For most people who live very far west of the Dnieper River, Russians are an enigma.
According to the most recent figures from a global study bv Visa, Russians spend on average $2,730 dollars on foreign travel, roughly 20% more than the worldwide average.