This bit of local reporting deserves attention if only because, more than anybody else, it was the daily newspaper that worked to hold Russians stateside responsible for the actions of Vladimir Putin and the Russian military.
Now, check legit concern about Russians living in KC with a bit of good news that most locals are decent people and understand their dilemma . . .
"It’s part of a documented trend nationwide. Since Russia launched their invasion of Ukraine on February 24, many Americans have taken public stands against Russia. Stores have removed Russian vodka from their shelves, diners have stopped patronizing Russian restaurants, and venues have canceled concerts by Russian performers. The shift has some Russians in the Kansas City area living on edge."
An important and reassuring line regarding a recent local dust-up . . .
The Harriman-Jewell Series released a statement: “We respect Daniil Trifonov as an artist and have no intention of canceling his performance on the basis he was born in Russia. We do not discriminate against any artist based on sex, religion, or national origin.”
Of course . . .
KCUR omits The Star's role in targeting a Russian-board artists.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
When Jane Romanova-Hrenchir's three kids were in elementary school three years ago, she was surprised by what they told her one day after class. "They were coming home saying 'I don't wanna speak Russian.' And I said, 'Why? It's, you know, it's your heritage.'" That was in 2019, before the current invasion of Ukraine.