I asked around but no one, NO ONE, seemed to speak English. We grabbed two Baltikas and sat atop a concrete fence overlooking the plaza. Everyone was drinking in public and there was no police force around, a fact about Russian life I found incredibly refreshing.
Half-way through our Baltikas, a group of young women took over our spot (Russian definition of personal space is different from mine). I asked yet again: "Do you girls speak English?" One of them said yes (she said "da") and I asked her what was going on.
Anime convention. She said. Don't you have them in your country? she wanted to know.