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Another question from a member in front of Michelle’s photo display from her 1995 trip to Russia with husband Laurie, whom she lost to a tragic accident while she was away. Members wanted to know how she learned Russian, and some were surprised to discover that Russian was taught in schools in the late 1950s and 1960s. Michelle still communicates with colleagues in Russia but laments that Russia today does not have the freedom hoped for in the pre-Putin era of Russian hopefulness in the early 1990s.