Kiev, my Russian hybrid hive gets another new queen. They survived the winter, but they were queenless when I checked on them this Spring. I bought another queen, Italian this time (the Russian bees seemed a bit mean so trying Italian again) and after 4 days, she had not been released from her cage. I released her and the next week I couldn't find her. It also looked like a lot of the drones had found their way back from half a kilometer - not as many as before, but too many I fear. I put the new marked Russian hybrid queen in - this time with clipped wings. They really seems interested in her. I think they've been queenless long enough that they will take to her quickly. I hope so.