Ella and Sergey are from Rostov-on-Don and have been visiting me over the holidays, as they did last year. It is a pleasure to have them and they love Corona del Mar, California. I can agree with them on that Rostov is not the northern Russian city with its frigid winters and dark winter nights. It is in the far south of Russia and the gateway to Central Asia, the “—stans.” It is a cross-roads multicultural city on the Don River with a story going back a thousand years in Russian history.
Ella is a columnist for an impressive Russian entertainment magazine. To improve her English, she came to LA four years ago. Her English is great. Her writing is super and her knowledge of people broad and deep.
Sergey is a Rostov businessman and a newly elected representative to the Rostov Duma (parliament.) You can imagine the conversations we have had, on everything from Pushkin to politics. They are a young couple, about 35, and as such are vocal participants in that growing band of young and open-minded leaders who are changing things in Russia.
That line of demarcation between the old and the new I put at age 46 now. Every year it goes up of course. It will take a generation or two to have its full impact, but we have time.