March 15, 2007
Moscow poisonings bring only shrugs and rumors here
(Page 2 - Previous Page)I said that this attitude presents a major problem for us -- it takes years for the immigrants here to accept the fact that American police are not like Russian police; that probably they will be fair, will not discriminate against immigrants just because their English isn't great and that being stopped for jaywalking or running a red light cannot be solved by a $10 bill tucked inside the driver's license.
The Kovalevsky case is not all that unique. There have been others just as puzzling. A few years ago, the son of an L. A. Russian-language newspaper editor mysteriously fell to his death out of the window of his luxury hotel in Moscow. A Russian-born journalist from Los Angeles was attacked at night on a street and had her skull fractured for a bag of groceries.
So here I agree with the overall attitude of our Russian community -- we probably will never know what really happened to the Kovalevskys.
If we do get an answer, it will probably not be from the police, and even more probably, nothing will be done about it unless someone very high up in the pecking order deems it necessary.
Si Frumkin is the chairman of the Southern California Council for Soviet Jews, and co-founder of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews.
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