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I can conjure up all kinds of scary images for use in tonight’s Russian Masquerade Ball at the Haunted Russia House—and there’s more to choose from than the decaying mug of Comrade Stalin, to be sure. A lot of Russia’s scariest images were made right here in the U.S.A. And I bet there are some angry former (probably some current) Russians—Soviets, whatever—who’d like to kick the crap out of some yuppie American—capitalist, whatever—international relations grad student dressed as the long-lost Anastasia. And they’d have a point: We’ve wronged some Russians by bankrupting their economy in a fruitless arms race, by calling the former Soviet Union the “evil empire,” by turning up our noses at beluga caviar. Let’s lift a glass to our common humanity as we celebrate Halloween, in costume or dress clothes, surrounded by Russian extravagance. At 7:30 p.m. at the Haunted Russia House, 1800 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10-$20. (202) 966-8651. (Mike Kanin)