WASHINGTON LIFE MAGAZINE
By Deborah K. Dietsch
The deal wasn’t initially well received by the locals who were worried about suspicious foreigners. “It was during the Cold War and people around here were afraid that the Russians would bring their battleships,” says (Russian Ambassador Yuri) Ushakov. “But then they realized that it wasn’t so bad because Russians started coming to the local shops to buy food and everything. They realized that there was no danger and saw that we took care of the house and property. Moreover, they realized that the Russians were friendly and hospitable.”
Yuri Ushakov, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Ushakov and his wife Svetlana, spend nearly every weekend and longer stretches during the summer (at Pioneer Point). “Because we have such a hectic life in Washington, we need a place to hide for a while,” says Ushakov.
Pioneer Point is in a park-like setting, lushly planted with magnolias, cypress…
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