2013-05-16 / Front Page

Russian ambassadors are touring county

A delegation from Russia is touring Mariposa County to learn how Americans run local government and non-governmental agencies. The group will appear at various locations through Friday. 

"You've got mountains, big cars, a lot of space," team member Andrey Vasenev said. "A lot of freedom here."

On Tuesday, the travelers met Mariposa County's board of supervisors. They were also scheduled to stop by the California State Mining and Mineral Museum and Casto Oaks Winery at Mt. Bullion.

Wednesday's schedule sends the group to UC Merced and the Castle Air Museum in Atwater. The Russians reappear in the county for Thursday morning's Rotary meeting, followed by Yosemite Valley's Rotary chapter meeting at The Ahwahnee.

On Friday, the group will enjoy a free day in Yosemite.

The tour is sponsored by Rotary International and the Open World Leadership Center--an organization affiliated with the U.S. Congress that has brought more than 17,000 young leaders to the U.S. from former Soviet republics since 1999.

From left, Anna Malysheva, Ivan Krisanov, Danila Bedyaev, Andrey Vasenev and Svetlana Devyanina check out recent issues of the MARIPOSA GAZETTE. Erik Skindrud / GAZETTE PhotoFrom left, Anna Malysheva, Ivan Krisanov, Danila Bedyaev, Andrey Vasenev and Svetlana Devyanina check out recent issues of the MARIPOSA GAZETTE. Erik Skindrud / GAZETTE Photo

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