Putin on the Ritz

Life in the Boomer Lane

The Obama Administration (yes, it still exists), after weighing all evidence presented by the CIA and other government-investigative agencies, has imposed sanctions on Russia for hacking into the DNC website. Thirty-five Russian diplomats have been expelled, and two facilities used for intelligence-gathering have been closed.

One of these facilities is a so-called dacha on the Eastern shore of Maryland.  Washington Life Magazine had written a story about the getaway, titled “Dacha Sweet Dacha.” The lead sentence was “Russian Ambassador Yuri Ushakov and his wife Svetlana continue the Russian tradition of summer escapes and family bonding on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.” There followed a lovely description of the residence and its residents, noting that the dacha gave the ambassador and his wife  “the chance to spend time with their 10-year-old grandson Misha, grilling shashlik (Russian shish kebob), with friends, or relaxing in the bania, Russian for steam room…Because we have such…

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