Good news from my erstwhile traveling companion: her visa to Russia came through!
As you know from previous posts, I decided not to pursue the offer of a trip to Russia because I was not at all certain I could obtain my Russian visa in the slightly less than three weeks before departure.
One of my potential traveling companions -- who is not encumbered by the need to "do it herself" -- decided to pay the freight and engage the services of an agency that deals regularly with Russian visa requests.
She received her visa with a little less than a week remaining before departure.
So хорошие перемещения, and stay tuned: more to follow.
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