Image by Pavel Starikov
The protest, held in September 2016 across the street from the Russian Embassy in the U.S. capital, featured a handful of activists intending to show their opposition to Russian leader Vladimir Putin and upcoming parliamentary elections.
Holding Russian- and English-language signs — “Honk for Russia without Putin” — the group had been out for about an hour when a red-headed woman approached them and began asking friendly questions.
“She came to us, asked who we were, where we were from,” one of the organizers, Dmitry Valuev, says of the September 2016 incident. She “offered to become friends on Facebook, asked where Russian-speakers hang out in D.C. We took a group photo with our signs, and then she decided to stand with us. Then she left…”
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