Russian Immigrants React to Arrests

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Among Russian immigrants in New York, reaction to the arrest of 11 alleged Russian spies varies.

The editorial staff at the weekly newspaper V Novom Svete say they're waiting for more information before taking a strong editorial stance. General Manager Helen Brusilovsky says most of her readers are more recent immigrants and they tend to be sympathetic to Russia--and skeptical of the accusations.

But she says her husband, who has been in the U.S. for 20 years, is in the other camp. After reading the story in the New York Times, he said, “Eh, did you hear Russian spies are here?” Brusilovsky says he was making fun of Russia, “that Russians are losers, you know. Bad spies.”

But in Brusilovsky’s view, there are too many unanswered questions. She says her editorial team is skeptical. “It’s kind of too early to give an analysis. Because now it looks very strange, they don't believe it.”

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