Russia complicated, independent
(Lauren Merkel, a Plattsburgh native, is in her final year of the MBA program at McGill University in Montreal. She will graduate this May with a degree in global strategy and leadership): It might seem crazy to visit Russia in the middle of winter, yet the goal of the recent McGill University Hot Cities Tour was to see the “real” Russia, even if it meant getting lost in Moscow at minus-2 degrees Fahrenheit. This was my second experience on the tour, and when the time came to choose the next destination, Russia was at the top of our list. As a member of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa/Singapore) emerging nations, it is seen as a place of great opportunity, we wanted to see what all the fuss was about.