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Russian-Speaking Community

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Strong and Unique in West Hollywood

The Russian-speaking population of West Hollywood is the most concentrated single Russian-speaking region in US outside of New York and consists primarily of émigrés from different Republics of the former Soviet Union: Russian Federation, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Latvia, Uzbekistan, etc.

Among the Russian-speaking community the family values are dominated most. This makes the community very strong and unique. Russian-speaking community also has extremely strong ties with the families and relatives left in the countries of their origin.

Community members are engaged in a wide variety of professions, including small business ownership, engineering, performing arts and almost any other profession that comes to mind. Perhaps, not surprisingly, aspiring Russian-American actors are drawn to Hollywood as much as other Americans looking for stardom.

The City of West Hollywood produced a short documentary video in recognition of the City’s 30th anniversary — City of West Hollywood: Celebrating 30 Years of Russian Culture.

Nowadays, according to a 2013 survey of the community in West Hollywood, there are nearly 4,000 people who live in the City (which has a total population of approximately 35,000 residents) who identify a former country of the Soviet Union as their primary ancestry. This represents approximately 11 percent of the City’s total population.

The City has a Russian Advisory Board, which consists of nine Russian-speaking community members who advise the City Council on issues relating to the Russian-speaking Community. Five members are appointed by a Councilmember and four serve as at-large appointees.

Each year, the City hosts its Russian Arts and Culture Month, which has become an integral part of the Russian speaking community and the entire City of West Hollywood. The cultural and creative identity of the Russian speaking community is embodied in its visual arts, history, and language.