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Colette Davidson for the monitor. At the top of this issue, we looked at how Russians in Russia feel. With our next two stories, we turn that lens to the United States, starting with the story of Russian speakers being accused of supporting a war, they actually oppose. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, russophobia has seeped into everyday interactions. Some Russian speakers in the United States, including those with few or no ties to Russia, say they are blamed for backing a war, they don't support. For Soviet born, Maria petrenko, the hostility husband subtle. The owner of had root advertising and technology, a web design and digital media agency in Detroit says she employs some designers and developers in Russia. Lately, she says she must constantly clarify her anti war position at the start of business meetings. And on a recent morning that she dropped off her child at day care, she says a man asked her something about what you guys were doing in Ukraine. I said, who are you guys? I'm dropping off my kid in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She recalls, like, what guys are you talking about? For Yuri groza, a Russian American IT specialist in North Carolina, the suspicion isn't so subtle. He says he's received threats via calls and text. Mister groza describes his Belarusian Kyrgyz and Ukrainian ancestry, but then adds, I don't even think that my identity or heritage have anything to do with me saying that war is bad. Any sane person would say war is bad. This story was reported by Sarah matuszek in aurora and Denver, Colorado, for the monitor. Sports organizations have rallied to boycott Russia and bandits athletes. But the National Hockey League with its strong Russian contingent is trying to walk a more nuanced, ethical line, particularly with one of its megastars. Russian athletes have been barred this year from the paralympics and the World Cup. The Russian owner of an English Premier League team has seen its sale frozen in the UK and no new tickets can be sold for games. An international cat association even banned Russian cats. And then there's the case of hockey player Alex Ovechkin. The Washington capital hockey player call for peace. One of just a few of his 40 countrymen in the NHL to speak out at all. But he also counts Russian president Vladimir Putin as a friend. And his Instagram page still features a picture of the two of them. In some ways, Ovechkin precisely because of his being such a Putin buddy has a greater form of freedom here. A greater space of activity of action says Andre markowitz co author of gaming the world. Growing sports sanctioned underscore the tension between fairness to an individual and a need for collective action in the face of atrocities. Here we have athletes, including Russian paralympians, paying the consequences, and that feels atrocious, even immoral, says author Sergey rodchenko, but on the other hand, Russia has pursued a brutal immoral war, and so then do you host Russian athletes like nothing's happening? It's a clash of moralities that's very hard to reconcile. The story was reported by Patrick Johnson in Savannah, Georgia, for the monitor. The new Netflix film, the atom project, isn't going to win any prizes for originality. But it's self awareness and charm means it takes viewers on a mostly entertaining ride. You can read the entire film review by Gregory wakeman at CS monitor dot com slash daily. Now commentary from the monitors editorial board on Chile's president elect doing things differently. In manner and style, Gabrielle borich has not changed since becoming president elect of Chile three months ago. He still walks through his scruffy Santiago neighborhood in shorts and hiking boots. When he takes the oath of office on March 11th, he won't be wearing a tie. We represent fresh air, youth, novelty, he told the BBC. At a time when faltering governance in Latin America is tilting public support toward authoritarian rule, mister Boris represents something else too. The possibility that societies like individuals are more open to reinvention through a commitment to widely shared values. Mister Boris has become the new face of a country striving for change, not by abandoning democracy because of its shortcomings, but through a determination to realize its potential. Just ten years ago, he was a prominent student protester. His presidential campaign arose in part from demands for a new constitution drafted and approved by the people. In Chile, a.

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