No affection for Vladimir Putin is required to attend the 29th annual Russian Festival onĀ Feb 17,18,19 at the Russian Center in the city. The flavored vodkas will be cold and the samovars will be warm as will the borscht and the piroshkis. Serious folk dancing, ballet and nonstop performances by singers and musicians fill the bill. Shop for Baltic amber, amber boxes and matryosha dols. Seniors 522 rubles. ($9)

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