My Ukrainian friend and I got an email from a gentleman with a Ukrainian last name. The gentleman in question is a professor close by and he was happy to discover two more Russian-speakers in the area.
“Let’s meet and get to know each other!” the gentleman suggested. “You are the only two Russian-speakers I have discovered for miles around.”
We were also very happy to have been found by the Russian-speaking gentleman.
“Yes, that’s a great idea,” my friend responded in her email. “Let’s definitely get together.”
“OK, let me forward this conversation to my wife,” the Russian-speaking gentleman responded, “she manages our social life and she will set something up.”
And at that point, both I and my Ukrainian friend immediately lost all interest in the gentleman.
“He could have turned out to be a Putinoid, so it’s better that way,” the Ukrainian friend said.
Nothing is more hopeless than trying to create a Russian-speaking immigrant community. Everybody is beyond nuts.