World Cup: From Russia with love… Expats living in Northern Ireland say their country is playing a good game BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Seeing their nation roll out the red carpet to welcome football fans from around the globe has delighted Northern Ireland’s Russian community. Stephanie Bell chats with two of them. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/world-cup-from-russia-with-love-expats-living-in-northern-ireland-say-their-country-is-playing-a-good-game-37061440.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/article37061437.ece/00866/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-06-29_lif_42108180_I3.JPG Email Seeing their nation roll out the red carpet to welcome football fans from around the globe has delighted Northern Ireland’s Russian community. Stephanie Bell chats with two of them. ‘This a chance to really show what we are all about’Maxim Petrushkin (42), who is known as Max, lives in Comber with his wife Lesley (43) and their two children Emily (8) and Lara (11). He grew up in the austerity of the old Soviet Union and says the Russia of today is very different from the one he remembers as a child. It was the Troubles that attracted Max to Northern Ireland – as a young student he wanted to study the conflict and became a volunteer with the Corrymeela Centre, our oldest peace and reconciliation organisation. He says: “The late Rev Ray Davey ran the centre at that time. He had been a prisoner of war in… Read full this story
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