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Its streets are lined with restaurants serving shashlik and

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Its streets are lined with restaurants serving shashlik and signs using the Cyrillic alphabet; the smell of rising Russian cakes wafts from bakeries and Slavic syllables muttered by passers-by fill the air.⁠

This small neighbourhood could be almost anywhere in Central Asia. But it is actually in Seoul, South Korea, where an area traditionally known as “Dongdaemun Russian Street” has flourished over the decades into a bustling Little Russia.⁠

People from across central Asia began to settle here in the late 1980s, with what began as a trickle turning into a flood after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.⁠

Today it is home to tens of thousands of central Asians, not only from Russia, but from former Soviet states like Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Ukraine and from farther afield such as Mongolia.⁠

Given the eclectic mix it’s perhaps not surprising that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has become a hotly debated talking point.⁠

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