There was no commercial infrastructure, so the bold and determined vacationers coming here had to bring most provisions for their stay with them.

When the Soviet Union collapsed and the Russian economy followed suit in the 1990s, the Pikalyovo region suffered the kind of economic misery and population loss that the describes today in the Pskov region.

Our friends saw that normal folks left, and the concentration of drunkards and thieves rose proportionately.

All of this would seem to confirm the storyline of the reporter, but the latest word from Volodya and Tamara overturns the storyline completely.

A Revival A few weeks ago, our friends decided to go back to the property to prepare it for sale. However, once there, they discovered things were definitely looking up.

Consequently, the able-bodied part of the population has been looking for employment and making their lives elsewhere (a process internal migration common all over the world, including the United States).

The author fails to mention that linen production is not a major agricultural indicator in Russia today, whereas many other crops are booming.If they have a feeling for Russian traditions, it is where they take their Saturday or sauna in dedicated outhouses heated by wood burning stoves and then socialize over a beer. In their view, the dacha is not so much a place to idle time away as it is a place of honest toil, working the land and communing with nature.And even some of the younger generation buys into the concept of growing their own organic foods on their land, thus getting along without industrially farmed supermarket produce, whether domestic or imported.As a top propaganda outlet pushing the New Cold War, The New York Times paints life in Russia in the darkest hues, but this one-sided depiction misses the reality of the increasingly vibrant country that Gilbert Doctorow sees.The article surely met the expectations of its editors by painting a grim picture of decline and fall of the Russian countryside in line with what the author sees as very unfavorable demographic trends in the Russian Federation as a whole.One hundred years ago, Orlino was populated mostly by wealthy merchants whose businesses were in the extended district.