"After the fall of the Soviet Union in the '90s, many ethnic Russian criminals illegally entered the United States, coming especially to Brighton Beach." It's "... considered a hot spot for the 'Russian Mafia'," which can make acceptance difficult for the majority of Russian and former-Soviet citizens who have no criminal ties and have simply brought an old neighborhood back to life.
To think Brighton Beach is said to have had its beginnings as land purchased from a Native American tribe around 1645 — for a gun, a blanket, and a kettle. These days, you can get a nice three-bedroom condo for just a couple million guns, blankets, and kettles — but you'll have to pawn them first.
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