Immigrants as a Weapon is a newsletter by Yasha Levine: history, politics, and the weird experiences of a Soviet immigrant living through American decline. Read the introductory post that launched the project.

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—Yasha Levine



Yasha Levine is an investigative journalist and author. Born in Leningrad, he grew up in San Francisco, and just moved back to California. He has reported from all over the world — with a focus on America and the former Soviet Union.

He is the author of Surveillance Valley, a book about the forgotten counterinsurgency origins of the Internet. He’s also working on a couple of documentary projects, including this one about California’s Oligarch Valley.