Friday, October 03, 2014

Russia suspends student exchange program after one student stays with gay couple and apparently files as refugee


The Washington Post, in a story by Karoun Demirjian on p. A8 Friday, reports that Russia has suspended its student exchange program with the U.S., because “official cites decision by participant to stay with same-sex couple,” link here.   However, the story also reports that the participant had applied through Michigan courts to stay as a refugee. 
  
It’s apparent that the idea of taking in refugees, sometimes discussed here, is very double-edged (story here Sept. 29). 
  
I’ve actually met Russian exchange students once, at a Bank of America branch in Arlington.   

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