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Refugee update

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A podcast by Yasha and Evgenia, two Soviet immigrants living through American decline.
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In this ep we talk to Masha Surazhsky to get an update on her Ukrainian refugee saga.

Evgenia and I previously talked to Masha in April — when she was going through hell trying to get both her elderly aunt and a family friend, who is a minor, out of Poland and into America through Tijuana. Since then things have stabilized: Masha is helping her friend fit into a new life as a war refugee in Brighton Beach, while the rest of the family is stuck in Ukraine. Masha’s aunt, meanwhile, has decided to take the risk and return from Warsaw back to her hometown of Kharkov. She’s not alone. Many Ukrainians, faced with a precarious existence and an uncertain future in Europe and elsewhere, have been making the same choice.

If you missed our previous talk with Masha, you can listen to it here: “A Ukrainian refugee in Tijuana.”

—Yasha


Want to know more? Check out previous episodes of The Russians.


Masha, “Miss Americhka.” From her recent work.

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