Kurkov, I've been following your thread since you started it. In 1989 I spent a month in Odessa for the Black Sea Cup sailboat race. We were "free" to wander the city. We spent a lot of time at the "dollar bars" in the Black Sea and Red Sea hotels. I found everything interesting. The food was good, most of the people we were able to talk to were nice. I don't want to stomp on your thread, but my pics are here (https://www.flickr.com …/albums/72157671439444105) if you are interested. We were in Odessa and a little bit in Kiev, and a few from the hotel window in Belgrade. Again, great pics of Russia.