Nick Miroff May 11, 2010 06:26Updated October 25, 2010 12:55
HAVANA, Cuba — She’d only been in Cuba a few days, but for Maria Malysheva, the memories came flooding back at the sight of Cuban schoolchildren, all dressed in the neat uniforms that identify them as "pioneros" — communist pioneers.
“I was a pioneer leader when I was a little girl growing up in the Soviet Union,” said Malysheva, now the general manager of a Russian travel website, sounding wistful. “The children were playing and laughing. They seemed so happy.”