Luda is also a student at the Institute of Language Studies in Minsk, and a close friend of Inna's.

She was kind enough to let Dan and me stay in her rented room for the two nights we were in Minsk. She was a perfect example of the generous Russian host, serving us every meal and playing a couple rounds of D'rak with us.

Valentina Sergevna was also a generous host, having all the Americans over for home cooking on several occasions.