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Russians in Kansas City on edge

Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, Russians living in Kansas City have been walking a fine line. Many fear backlash from the Kremlin if they speak out against war, but not speaking out could mean harassment here. Plus, 50 years into show business, musician Lonnie McFadden opened his own Kansas City nightclub to call home.

Since Russia launched their invasion of Ukraine in late February, many Americans have taken public stands against Russia. Stores have removed Russian vodka from their shelves, diners have stopped patronizing Russian restaurants, and venues have canceled concerts by Russian performers. As KCUR’s Eleanor Nash reports,the shift has some Russians in the Kansas City area living on edge.

Kansas City trumpeter and tap dancer Lonnie McFadden has headlined in nightclubs around the world but he never had a club of his own. With help from staff at the Ambassador Hotel,he opened Lonnie's Reno Club in the middle of the pandemic. KCUR's Julie Denesha checks in on how it's going.

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