If anyone is interested, there are some swims coming up over here in Russia and environs:
*17 June, Seliger Swim in Ostashkov (halfway btwn Moscow & St. Petersburg), choice of 10K, 5K, nautical mile and 2 x 5K relay (they offer a bus from each city to the swim for a small fee);
*15 July, Volga Swim at Nizhny Novgorod, choice of 1K, 3K and 5K;
29 July, Lake Baikal in Listvyanka village outside Irkutsk, choice of 1K and 5K.
The organizers know English very well and they offer visa support and hotel packages!
Come see this wonderful country and enjoy some swims. As a bonus, if you attend the ones with asterisks next to them, you get to meet me! /ha, snort/
Please join the Lake Issyk Kul Swimming Federation on FB!