Selected articles in English

“Extraordinary” green card: U.S. immigration options for entrepreneurs

Changes to the U.S. immigration legislation create additional obstacles for some categories of people who want to come to the United States. In practice, however, people owning successful businesses in their home country or creators of promising startups might actually…

We’re loosing it: Why immigrants’ children need Russian language

Let me make a reservation: “Russian language” is conditional for the purpose of this article. It might be replaced with Ukrainian, Armenian, Georgian, etc. Dear parents, I am speaking of your mother tongue which remained your natural language in immigration…

What It’s Like to Be a Retired Immigrant in New York

As I was writing this article, I was given this piece of advice: “Never talk to retired people in Brighton Beach! They will tell you things! They will beg for sympathy and tell you they are the poorest ones!” “Isn’t…

Athos, Porthos, and Atheist: Stories of Three New-York Homeless People from the Former USSR

One day, as I walked out of Sheepshead Bay station and noticed a beggar sitting at the door, I decided to get rid of a pound of coins in my pockets and poured them noisily to his glass. The man…

Let your child spend an active and interesting summer in New York

School year is coming to an end, and many parents wonder how to offer their children great summer holidays, full of activities and time spent with their peers. This can be achieved with MatchPoint NYC Summer Day Camp programs. The…

‘Green card’ victims: how to find protection from abusive husband and avoid being deported

They fear their husbands, deportation, and police. Some of them do not want their relatives back home to learn about their situation. They are also scared of being judged, like “She wanted to stay in the U.S. so much that…

Trump’s America: What has Ukraine got and What to Expect

On January 20th the World summarizes the first year of the Donald Trump’s presidency. We should also analyze the results of Ukraine-US relations. A year ago the atmosphere of panic prevailed in Kyiv when Trump took an oath of office…

Russian-speaking immigrants missing in the U.S.: a story of a New York City disappearance

May through November 2017 I was filming a documentary in five countries — the U.S., Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, and Russia — about Russian-speaking immigrants who went missing in the United States. I am not a former cop or detective; I…

Rainbow over Brighton: Why LGBT still feel discriminated in the Russian neighborhood

Brighton Beach is a legendary neighborhood in New York City, a “little Odesa,” an old oasis of Russian immigration. It’s a place longed for by many Russian hearts; when they choose where to live in a foreign country, many natives…

What You Need to Know About Open Enrollment in New York State

Open enrollment for Qualified Health Plans in New York State has begun. If you need health insurance, or would like to choose a new plan, now is the time to enroll. Here’s what you need to know: Open Enrollment is…

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