Escape from America: Moscow, Russia

To start with, please tell us how long you've been in Russia? Why did you decide to move there? I have been in Russia since the summer of 2014. In fact, I came a week or so after Ukraine shot that passenger plane down and blamed it on Russia. In the beginning, I would half-joke that I was the first refugee from America, but nowadays when Russians ask me - and they often do - I usually make vague noises about wanting to travel, mainly to avoid discussing it. As it turns out, it’s a surprisingly personal question that leads to more questions and me giving long-winded explanations where I feel like I’m pontificating or lecturing them. And frankly I have gotten tired of hearing myself talk.

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