Yuri Kostin in radio studio Yuri says there's no going back to the old socialist system and that free market capitalism, despite its problems, offers the best hope for the new Russia. Yuri drinking vodka with the Scorpions I never thought I would ever drink vodka with the Scorpions, one of the world's most popular rock bands. Inside the studio at www.101.ru Private radio station? Who could have even dreamed about it?! Flying over Hilton Head Before 1991 I could never have taken a vacation to the United States. Now, here I am looking out over America. And what's more, I'm flying in a plane over Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Yuri's plane Now I have a chance to learn to fly a plane here, in my country. View from Yuri's window The restored giant cathedral of Christ the Savior. It was built in the 19th century on donations from thousands of Russians to commemorate the victory over France during the Napoleonic era. Then Stalin ordered its destruction, and then it was restored in the 1990s. Interestingly enough, I can see this cathedral from my new apartment's windows.