Negative stereotypes, combined with two bloody separatist wars in Chechnya, led many Russians to view Chechens as uncultured and aggressive.
Alongside his complicated family situation, this seemed like a lot of baggage to Sharip.
He was 50 years old, divorced, with three children and a nephew living with him.
But the challenges of Natasha and David’s marriage are hardly unique.Both are thankful it was not more difficult.“We’re lucky that our families are not extremely conservative,” Vladimir, 26, says.Practical challenges like these are something Yevgenia Novokhatnaya understands well.When David first came to Moscow 10 years ago, he stood out like a sore thumb. On public transportation, other passengers avoided sitting next to him. Many accused him of marrying his wife Natasha for financial reasons.People treated him as though he were “from another planet,” he says. It was too painful.”Both David and Natasha are African, in a sense.