I'm In A Russian Movie!

I know it sounds crazy, but I’m in a Russian movie! Well…okay, it’s a movie about Russia. But that still counts, right? The film is called The Saratov Approach. It’s an indie film that was released in October and—against all odds—is turning Hollywood on its head and smashing records. The film was expected to be a limited release, but has…

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The Day I Discovered My Father Was A Soviet

It was February 2008, and I was living in Moscow with a Russian host family. It was the evening of Election Day–a day when Russians voted for their new president, President Medvedev. The occasion gave me the opportunity to talk to my Russian host dad about a topic I had avoided: communism and politics in Russia. Dmitry, a tall man with…

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Брак не для Тебя

Будучи женатым всего полтора года, я недавно пришел к выводу, что брак—не для меня. Но прежде чем вы сделаете какие-либо выводы, прочтите статью до конца. Я познакомился со своей будущей женой еще в школе, когда нам было по 15 лет. Мы были просто друзьями на протяжении 10 лет, до тех пор пока…пока мы не решили, что просто друзьями быть больше…

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A Former Russian Prison in Utah!

Not long ago, I discovered a Russian prison in Utah. No joke! Ask Garrett Batty! Garrett Batty is the writer and director of the upcoming LDS film, The Saratov Approach, a film about the 1998 kidnappings of two LDS missionaries in Saratov, Russia. I met with Garrett in July and interviewed him about the project. Here is what he had…

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Mormon Missionaries Kidnapped in Russia Share Their Experience

In 1998, two Mormon missionaries were kidnapped in Russia and held at ransom. After five days they were miraculously released and finished the remainder of their missions in England. Fifteen years later, Andrew Propst and Travis Tuttle reunited to share their experiences. This Wednesday, I will be interviewing Garrett Batty, the director of The Saratov Approach, a film based on the…

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