When Russians tell me that they have to pay for some sort of service, I'm not usually surprised. Pay for a trip to the doctor? Music lessons? It is hard for me to imagine that these things ever came free of charge.
Then I was having lunch with a friend recently and she said, "Did you know that Russian schools are going to start charging tuition?"
WHAT? It makes sense for higher education, since people take different paths... but public elementary school? Has someone gone insane?