How A Russian Immigrant Feels About Watching ‘The Americans’

Russian Communism brutalized my family. So it’s very strange to be pushed towards rooting for KGB spies when watching ‘The Americans.’

I was born in the Soviet Union and came to America as a small child. Unlike immigrants from many other places, once you left the Soviet Union there was no going back. You were a traitor, and they took your passport at the door. The family you left behind might suffer for your decision. My parents pulled no punches about what a horrible, backward, evil place it was and how happy they were to be out. They referred to it as “prison.” Every year we celebrate the day we came to America, our “Americaversary.”