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Russian Church Leaders Tell of Homeland Hardships, Praise American Culture

Russians Visit RussellAll this week and part of next, St. John Lutheran Church of Russell is hosting two visiting Russian church leaders, and together with a translator, the men on Wednesday shared stories about their culture and home congregation with local folks.

The two visitors are Pastor Alexander Lapochenko and Evgeny Slinchenko from St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Arsenyev, which is a community of more than 50,000 people located on the far eastern coast of Russia.

The men spoke in their presentations about the legalization of religion in Russia following the overthrow of Communism, but how many cultural hardships and struggles still remain to this day. They said they have been amazed at how helpful and caring Kansans and Americans in general are compared to what life is like in their homeland.

Between their presentations Wednesday, KRSL News Director David Elliott spoke with the men and their translator, Petr Grigorev of Great Bend, in an exclusive interview you will only find on KRSL.com. The unedited, full interview is available for your listening below.

(Pictured above at St. John Lutheran Church are Evgeny Slinchenko, Pastor Alexander Lapochenko and translator Petr Grigorev.)

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