The Russian-Ukrainian War Effect on Eastern European Immigrants to California
On Thursday, Russia invaded Ukraine after building up troops and making inroads into a few breakaway republics after a few months, following 14 years of worry that Ukraine may join NATO. While the war there is early and the situation is still playing out, including to what extent Western nations supporting Ukraine will do, and to what extent gaining control of natural resources in Ukraine played in Russia’s ultimate decision to invade, it’s effects have already been felt in the U. Prices of many things are going up in response to the war, including oil, and setting new gas price records in California. But at the human level, the Russian invasion is also being felt in the Ukrainian and Russian communities and through Californians with Russian and Eastern European ethnicity. “I was in the equivalent of high school during the final days of the Soviet Union and the beginning of a new independent Ukraine,” explained Kovalenko.
“I say all this because what Putin is doing reminds me so much of those lessons we had on Hitler. Due to California’s unique status as an entertainment hub of the U. “We do movies in Romania and other Eastern European countries all the time, since it’s cheap to shoot there and local extras are willing to do a lot for shoots,” said Eliza Maxwell, a Hollywood casting agent of partial Ukrainian descent who specializes in Eastern European productions, in a Globe interview. “Anyway, due to a lot of movies being shot in Romania, we have contacts there and we’ve been getting some Ukrainian film workers there to work on productions we have going since COVID restrictions allowed shoots to return last year. “We aren’t heroes for doing this at all, especially because we did really need them, but it’s less Ukrainians in immediate danger we helped out with.
Russian immigrants have also been feeling the effects of the invasion in California. “This is not my home countries finest hour,” said Oleg Volkov, a Russian who arrived in California in 1998, to the Globe. “Over here, I know some people who run a Russian goods importing company, and they are very worried that they will have to close down.
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