But it’s hard to find out much about them. The media aren’t too interested in them. They’re immigrants (yeah), but they’re white (not yeah), so that confuses and discourages the press: What line should we take on them? Are white immigrants bad or good?
And they aren’t particularly loquacious. My wife’s nephew played on a soccer team at the local park that was otherwise all Russian-speaking and the limit of his conversations with his furtive-looking teammates was roughly, “Hey, you, play over there.”
One interesting question I’ve seldom seen discussed is: how Jewish are these immigrants? They don’t look too Jewish, but they seem attracted to places like North Hollywood that aren’t far from large, wealthy Jewish communities. The U.S. long had special religious rules for Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, but how do U.S. government officials decide who exactly is a Jew?
So, I’ve been interested in the coverage of the two Russian sisters who got tied up with the Farook Family and Friends in San Bernardino as a rare newspaper attempt to find out something about some Warsaw Pact immigrants. From the L.A. Times:
The 2015 iSteve Male of the Year winner, and a worthy successor to the 2014 co-winners: Haven Monahan and Donald Sterling.
who was charged with buying the rifles used in the massacre and for allegedly planning an earlier terrorist plot with Farook. Federal prosecutors allege Marquez’s union was a fraud and that he was paid $200 a month to marry Mariya.
Neither sister has been charged with a crime, and officials have made no indication that they knew about Farook and his wife’s plan to open fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, killing 14 people.
The daughters of Anatolij and Valentina Chernykh came separately to the U.S. from Vysokiy, a village nearly 400 miles south of Moscow. Tatiana secured a short-term educational exchange visa and arrived in 2003, living at some point in Virginia.
But the couple separated after four years and she filed for dissolution in 2010. By then, she had moved to Southern California and mailed her husband the divorce papers, which were filed in a Pasadena courthouse. He never replied, according to court records.
At the mall, Mariya found a romantic interest in Vram Kupelian, who worked in a nearby shop, he said in an interview. The relationship lasted more than a year, although her busy schedule allowed little time for leisure, he said.
So the Chernykhs were at least Jewish enough to move to Israel, although plenty of rabbis in Israel are not happy about all the vaguely Jewish Russians that Ariel Sharon invited in to help outnumber the Arabs. (Of course, Sharon himself wasn’t the most 100% Jewish looking guy in Israel.)
She identified herself online as a businesswoman with a love of comedy films and reality TV shows, such as “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” In the space for “about me,” she wrote, “I [live] in the usa, just got engaged, living a happy life.”
While employed part time at a Riverside bank, Tatiana underwent fertility treatment, and she alleged that she lost her job because she went on medical leave, according to a lawsuit she filed in 2014. The case later was settled. …
Mariya crossed paths with Oscar Romero, who works at a flower wholesale business in downtown Los Angeles, according to records. The relationship blossomed, with Mariya using an online name to match her boyfriend’s: Maria Romero, according to an affidavit and an archived copy of the now-deleted profile.
In photos posted online — part of a social media presence that FBI investigators described in the affidavit — she and Romero posed in front of a Christmas tree and in nightclubs. The couple soon had a daughter together.
When Marquez and Mariya married in a mosque in 2014, the witnesses were her sister and Syed Raheel Farook, according to the marriage license. All four listed their address at Tatiana and Raheel’s Corona home.
But in the days after the shooting, according to a federal affidavit, Marquez said otherwise: He was approached by Raheel to marry Mariya, and in exchange, he would receive $200 a month, according to the affidavit.