Anti-war Russians find a new home in Turkey

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Image by Arzu Geybullayeva. In a lively neighborhood of Istanbul’s Kadikoy district, Grao Cafeteria is nestled in between local shops and restaurants. Grao’s owner is 32-year-old Igor, native of St. Petersburg. He arrived in Istanbul in March 2022 after a year of traveling abroad, visiting India, Nepal and Thailand. After a few months in the city, together with a friend, Igor opened Grao in August. “I like it here,” Igor told Global Voices in an interview, “people are friendly.” But Grao is more than just a cafe. There is a sense of community, perhaps a purpose. It has quickly became a popular…

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