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Old 11-29-2008, 01:24 PM
 
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Default Are there alot of Russians in Los Angeles?

For example Chicago, or NYC have a prevalent Russian/Ukrainian community. Is there ntegration of Russians in Los Angeles areas?
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Old 11-29-2008, 01:26 PM
 
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not that i know of though there is a bit of a russian jew community, but thats mostly just melded in with the other jews here
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Old 11-29-2008, 01:27 PM
 
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For example Chicago, or NYC have a prevalent Russian/Ukrainian community. Is there ntegration of Russians in Los Angeles areas?
As far as Russian Born Residents, the LA Combined Statistical Area is second to New York.

Born in Russia, 2007
New York 106,931
Los Angeles 26,984
San Francisco 23,256
Boston 20,183
Washington DC 15,460
Chicago 14,667
Philadelphia 12,584
Miami 8,658
Atlanta 6,312
Detroit 5,787
Houston 3,990
Dallas 3,915

Im not sure about their 'community' though. I dont know of any neighborhoods that are predominantly Russian, perhaps by Little Armenia? Dunno. Im sure the Angelenos here will know.
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Old 11-29-2008, 02:21 PM
 
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There is a big Russian community around West Hollywood. Scattered pockets in the rest of Hollywood.
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Old 11-29-2008, 02:59 PM
 
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There is a big Russian community around West Hollywood. Scattered pockets in the rest of Hollywood.
Correct -- there are several Russian shops along Santa Monica in WeHo.
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Old 11-29-2008, 03:44 PM
 
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There are considerable numbers of Russians in NW Los Angeles County and SE Ventura County: Hollywood (west of 101), Beverly Hills, Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, Agoura Hills.

Like elsewhere in the United States, many of these Russians are really Jews who emigrated from USSR during the Cold War.

The "cultural center" of the Russian/Jewish Community in LA is in West Hollywood.
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:31 PM
 
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I noticed a big Russian shopping center (or at least I think it was Russian) with a "Rasputin Market" on Ventura Blvd in Encino.
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:05 PM
 
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You'll find the largest concentration of Russians in Hollywood/West Hollywood area. Plummer park in Hollywood is also known as Russian Park because of most everyone there is Russian. Along Santa Monica blvd from La Brea all the way west past Fairfax you'll find a lot of Russian delis and businesses. An earlier poster was right when he said that they are primarily Russian Jews.
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Old 11-30-2008, 03:47 PM
 
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-West Hollywood (as already stated)

-The area that's defined by: Melrose to the North, 3rd St. to the South and Fairfax to the West, La Brea to the East. The "hub" of this area is Fairfax Blvd between Beverly and Melrose Blvds. This area is literally teeming with Russian/ex.USSR Jews, many are Holocaust survivors and can be found frequenting the delis/misc. shops in the area (Canter's Deli, various thrift shops, retirement homes, etc). Lots of low-key synagogues and temples, too.

You wont see a whole lot of "integration" or mingling with non-Jews/Russians from these people. Its almost as if they are segregationist and xenophobic. I was once spit at by some of these Russians at Santa Monica and Fairfax at the Metro Rapid 780 bus stop across from Starbucks for asking them a question in English. Sadly, some Russians have this view that immigrating and living here is a right and not a privilege!
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Old 12-01-2008, 02:13 AM
 
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You wont see a whole lot of "integration" or mingling with non-Jews/Russians from these people. Its almost as if they are segregationist and xenophobic. I was once spit at by some of these Russians at Santa Monica and Fairfax at the Metro Rapid 780 bus stop across from Starbucks for asking them a question in English. Sadly, some Russians have this view that immigrating and living here is a right and not a privilege!
Immigrants settle in their ethnic enclaves, such as West Hollywood and Brighton Beach, precisely because they don't want to assimilate. There are many Russians outside West Hollywood, and they are a lot more integrated. You won't see much sympathy if you go to South Gate and try to ask questions in English, for the same reason.
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