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Finding warmth in Moscow

A Lutheran church blankets African newcomers with care after racist attacks

Charles and Hélène Basseka are a recently married couple from Cameroon living in Moscow. He is working toward a doctorate in geology; she has two more years of medical school. They study hard, attend a Lutheran church and want to start a family.

On the face of it, the Bassekas' prospects seem bright. But they describe their lives in bleak terms because they are black and live in Russia.


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