They speak Russian (used by schools and governments in most former Soviet republics).
It declares that they are fleeing a well-founded fear of persecution.
The 2005 American Community Survey estimated 43,000 Russians and Ukrainians reside in the Portland area, based on first ancestry reported.
Many churches in the Slavic community forbid dancing or drinking, but such rules are contributing to a clash as Americanizing Slavic teens increasingly rebel against their parents and churches.
Kirichenko and Ektova, both originally from Lipetsk, Russia, said they have good relationships with their parents despite no longer attending church.
An estimate by area churches and the Slavic Coalition puts the current number at 100,000.
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