The Russian National Tourist Office is the leading tour operator in the UK for outgoing tourism and business trips to Russia for individuals, groups and companies. At a 1994 fund-raiser, Gore posed with Andrei Kozlenok and Soviet-born David and Ashot Shagirian of a San Francisco company called Golden ADA, then under FBI and IRS investigation for selling tons of diamonds, gold and antique jewelry looted from the Russian national treasury.
This is not surprising given that the average Russian occupies 22 square meters of housing, which is still half that in Britain, where however in contrast to Russia the size of homes and of housing space per person is actually shrinking (see for example this article in the Daily Mail).
A three-semester sequence (Russian 371, 372, 373) covers the most important prose texts produced within the thousand-year history of Russian letters, while a two-semester sequence (Russian 354, 355) examines the main figures and movements in nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry.
Gore, more than most administration officials, has been a consistently strong advocate of multibillion-dollar cash infusions into the Russian Central Bank and, according to Senate sources, turned the screws on the IMF to relax its standards and increase its cash outlays to Moscow.
Russian construction statistics measure volume rather than individual homes built as is done in other countries such as Britain and the U.S. However the number of new homes being built in Russia in any one year is probably now around 800,000 to 900,000.