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Inside Moscow’s ‘Little Kabul’ Afghan community (PHOTOS)

After the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, many who had helped the Soviets had to establish a new life in Russia

(Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) – The Russian capital is home to a large Afghan community centered around the Soviet-era Sevastopol Hotel. Some 8,000 Afghans live in and around the complex, which has been transformed into a shopping and business center dominated by Afghan bazaars, butcher shops, and restaurants.

About 150,000 Afghans live in Russia, and around a third reside in Moscow. Most fled Afghanistan in the wake of the Soviet withdrawal that ended in 1989 and the brutal civil war of the 1990s. Russia hosts the third-largest overseas Afghan community, after Pakistan and Iran.

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