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This website is created with the support of the City of West Hollywood, Russian Advisory Board.

RussianLosAngeles.org is a virtual public platform for the museification of the Russian history of Los Angeles. Our development goals include the preservation and research of the city’s Russian heritage, creating exhibits, public outreach, and education.

The Virtual Museum of Russian Immigration is a work-in-progress that is currently searching for collaborators, advisors, experts, as well as support from institutions, public organizations, and private sponsors. Creating this museum enriches the history of our multicultural city.

People

Sasha Razor is the founder and executive director of RussianLosAngeles.org. She holds a Ph.D. degree from the UCLA Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, where she completed her dissertation titled “‘We Were the River’: Screenwriters of the Left Front of the Arts, 1923–1931.” In 2020, Razor received ASEEES Internship Grant and completed her internship at the Museum of Russian Culture in San Francisco. She is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books and a curator of the following exhibitions: “Dream of the Revolution” (UCLA, 2017), “Exiles, Protesters, Envoys: Russian History in Photographs” (City of West Hollywood, 2019), and “The History of Belarusian Vyzhyvanka” (UCLA, 2021).

Ivan Podvalov is a curator, historical consultant, and contributor specializing in the first and second waves of Russian immigration to Los Angeles. He is the author of two books on the history of Russian LA: Russkie v Los-Andzhelese (2012) and Istoriia prikhodskoi shkoly pri Preobrazhenskom sobore v Los-Andzhelese (2016), and the curator of the exhibition “Contribution of the Golitsyn Family to the Cultural and Social Life of the City of Los Angeles,” which inaugurated the opening of the Museum of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral in 2018. Ivan is an active member of the Congress of Russian Americans, the Russian Nobility Association, the Russian Imperial Order, and the Russian Children’s Aid Fund in memory of Princess Lyubov Golitsyna.