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Russian-Americans In Kansas City

Suzanne Hogan
KCUR 89.3

How are Russians living in our community reacting to the allegations that Russia hacked the 2016 U.S. presidential election? We explore the nuanced conflict and pride that Russians living in Kansas City feel about their homeland.


  • Rita Reznikov​, Ukrainian-American, owner, European Delights
  • Michelle Smirnova​, sociologist, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Vitaly Chernetsky, professor and director, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Kansas University
  • Dasha Petrovic, Russian-American

Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at, or on Twitter.
Suzanne Hogan is contributing announcer, producer and reporter for KCUR 89.3. She also hosts and produces the podcast, A People’s History of Kansas City. Reach her at