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Ukrainian transplants find unity in crisis

In the face of Russian aggression, local Ukrainians are embracing their heritage.
Oct 30, 2014
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Don’t tease the bear: Why we Russians love Putin more than ever

Vladimir Putin has been making plenty of headlines since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis last November — and never in a good light. Whenever a new crisis hits the news, from the Malaysia plane crash, to street battles in Odessa, to the controversial aid convoy this summer, it’s cited as another example of Russian aggression masterminded by Putin. And with President Obama’s UN […]
Young Buzya Shapovalova (center) with fellow Russian Army soldiers.

“For Motherland! For Stalin!” Seattle’s Russian WWII Vets celebrate Victory Day

For the 41 veterans who of the Soviet Union’s “Great Patriotic War” who live in Washington state, World War II is more than just a history lesson.
May 11, 2013
After 12 years in power, Vladimir Putin looms large over all aspects of Russian life. Here a cardboard cutout of him is displayed near the Kremlin in Moscow. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Russian immigrants share a love of Seattle, but are divided on politics

Young people from former Soviet Union countries share their impressions of Seattle (Produced by Valeria Koulikova in a UW Communication Dept video workshop) I’m proud to be one of hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Russia and Post-Soviet Republics currently living in Washington State. I’ve been in Seattle for over seven years now and I’ve met a […]
Jan 27, 2013
A baker at Piroshky Piroshky rolls together cinnamon cardamom braids. (Photo by Yvonne Rogell)

The Russian bakery so nice, they named it twice

Cheese. Did your mouth just water? Yeah, mine too. If anyone knows what cheese can do to people, it is Oliver Kotelnikov, owner of the Russian bakery Piroshky Piroshky in the Pike Place Market. Apparently, cheese can make pastries fly off the shelves. Cheese didn’t start it all, though. Kotelnikov’s parents did, 20 years ago, […]
Jan 8, 2013
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Crepe Cravers: The U-District’s Delicious Slavic Secret

When I came to Seattle four years ago from the Tri-Cities, I figured the big city would have a lot of Russian or other Eastern European restaurant offerings. I was disappointed to find that wasn’t the case. That is, until a couple weeks ago when I discovered a hidden-gem that may be the only full-service […]
Feb 16, 2012