I wrote a little article about my decision to open a branch of my law office in Moscow. It was published in the Tucson Weekly, our local source for all Tucson goings-on. Check it out, if you like. I’d be much obliged. It makes me feel like a real-life author.
An interesting thing about this article, though, is that it sparked a little controversy. I always wondered if my writings would touch a nerve with Russians, or maybe with Americans who still see Russia as some sort of Evil Empire. What I had not expected, though, was for my article to provoke the ire of Russians in the U.S.
Natalia Polukhtin, an immigration attorney in Phoenix and originally from Russia herself, took issue with what she sees as my overly rosy view of contemporary Russia. She wrote about my article in her livejournal. She is not the only Russian expat who holds such views, as is clear from the comments section. It’s only in Russian (sorry about that) but perhaps I’ll translate it one of these days.
Are you a Russian expat that is bothered by the tone of my writings? If so, please comment below. I’m fascinated in this examination of how Russians view their country from outside its borders.