West Hollywood’s Russian Population Is Rapidly Shrinking
LA WEEKLY :: APRIL 19, 2017
As large retailers replace family-owned stores previously run by former Soviet Union immigrants and young Russians move to cheaper areas, many Russian expats in West Hollywood are worried they’re losing the familiarity of the…
Russians Are Dying to Be Buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery
LA WEEKLY :: JULY 18, 2017
When 88-year-old Ludmila Pasternak visits her husband’s grave at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, she sits on a bench, smoking a cigarette and clutching a bouquet of roses, next to a monument with her husband’s…
Russian library faces possibility of a short shelf life
JEWISH JOURNAL :: JANUARY 12, 2017
For two decades, the Russian Language Public Library on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood has been a testament to the large wave of Soviet Jews who immigrated to the Los Angeles region with personal libraries and a passion for…
Many Russian expats expect ‘strong’ Trump leadership
JEWISH JOURNAL :: NOVEMBER 30, 2016
West Hollywood resident Roman Finarovsky was sitting on a bench recently, watching his fellow seniors play chess and dominoes in Plummer Park. Not long before, he had cast his vote for Donald Trump, and now…
Soviet survivors know where to find local support
JEWISH JOURNAL :: MARCH 15, 2017
Like many grandparents, Yefim and Frida Yufa enjoy talking about their grandchildren, bragging about the kids’ academic achievements and showing off their grades. But those stories take on a new meaning when told in a group of Holocaust survivors, many of…
At Senior Center, She Learns ‘Nobody Can Compete With Putin
JEWISH JOURNAL :: SEPT 1, 2017
Among many Russian-Jewish expatriates in Los Angeles, the second most populated Russian-speaking community in the United States, Putin gets high marks.
Dance studio gives a kick to his café
JEWISH JOURNAL :: JANUARY 11, 2017
Yasha Michelson, co-founder of Paper or Plastik Cafe in Mid-City, is not a typical café owner. And his café is not typical either. Michelson teaches dance and shops around town for the most exquisite coffee beans he can find. His business now combines those…
In Russia, Ukraine crisis is U.S.’s fault: ‘Who is Obama, the czar of the world?’
LOS ANGELES TIMES :: APRIL 24, 2014
After pro-Russia forces entered Crimea this year, many of my American friends were aghast and worried that the situation might escalate. But in Russia, where I grew up, it’s an alternate universe.