Russia: New Monsters

When the Russians threw the gates of Russia slightly ajar to tourists three years ago, they were amazed at the flood of tourists that flocked in to see for themselves (150,000 last year). But they were shocked to discover that their Western visitors considered their best hotels none too good, and their second-best downright deplorable. The rooms were stuffy, the beds hard, the service sluggish, and there were no stoppers for the bathtubs, grumbled the European and U.S. visitors.

Last week, intent on proving that whatever capitalists can do, they can do better, the Russians announced plans for building a...

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