MOSCOW: When I walked into Starbucks, I noticed friends and colleagues hugging Milana.
She was dressed in a bright skirt and wearing a bow in her hair. I asked if there was some event.
“It’s my birthday,” said Milana, who has been working at Starbucks the past five months. She turned 19.
I asked how she was going to celebrate. She said she was going to hang out at Starbucks for a couple of hours.
As I sat there drinking my coffee, I saw her walk by a few times carrying flowers given to her.