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Political sympathies (US): Republicans, neocons, libertarianism Political sympathies (Russia): Prokhorov, Russian liberals The Sovok Jew is a very complex figure.
At home with American capitalism, he nonetheless continues to strongly identify with Soviet mannerisms (but don’t tell that to his face).
To the extent they have detailed opinions on Russian politics, they tend to respect Putin, seeing him as a conservative restorer.
Needless to say, they never support the Communists – though the antipathy does not extent to Red Army victories or space race triumphs, of which they are proud. Many however are partial to liberal forces such as Yabloko and Prokhorov; especially those who are no longer Russophones, and have to rely on Western coverage of Russia.
The White Russians (or “White emigres”) are the officers, officials, and intellectuals who fled their country after the Russian Revolution.
Prominent examples included Zworykin (TV), Sikorsky (helicopters), and Nabokov (writer).
As an in-joke among them goes: “What’s an American university?
”, “It’s a place where Russian physicists lecture to Chinese students.” Though one would think that these Russian academics are entrepreneurial go-getters – after all, they were willing to gamble on a new life abroad, right?
My background and qualifications to write on this topic? Much of the Russian community in the Bay Area (though not Sacramento!
Leveraging their intelligence and entrepreneurial talent, many became very rich in the IT (California) and finance (East Coast) sectors.
The ultimate example is, of course, Google founder Sergey Brin, who once opined that Russia is “Nigeria with snow.” He is the rule, not the exception.
They did not necessarily come to the US straight away: Many came via the great European cities, like Berlin, or Paris, where in the 1920’s, old White Army officers sat around dinghy bars, drowning their sorrows in drink and spending what remained of their money on cockroach racing. One girl I know originated from Russian exiles in Harbin, Manchuria (mother’s side) and Brazil (father’s side) who met up and stayed in the US.
White Russians tend to be well-assimilated into US society, and many of the younger generations no longer speak Russian.