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  • Jay Jennings and Russian “Strangers in the Night”

    We conclude our TBT Russian theme with another news trip to the “land of the bear.” It is 1992 and our intrepid international correspondents are WRAL News anchor Donna Gregory and photographer Jay Jennings. The name of the country has
  • Vladimir Comes to America

    WRAL News anchor Donna Gregory and news photographer Jay Jennings first met Vladimir Koslov in 1992 in Moscow. Vladimir and his family graciously served as one of several hosts to the NC Friendship Force during their visit to Russia.

    The favor was returned a few months later when Vladimir traveled to America. He split his time staying with Jay and his family, and with Donna and her family. The Jennings took him grocery shopping and to a hockey game. Donna showed Vladimir around the mall in Cary and the local schools and universities.

    Watch and listen to Vladimir share his insights into the differences between life in Russia vs life in America. Hint. There are more smiles in America.

  • 1992 NC Friendship Force Trip to Moscow Final report of 11 Elle Lysova

    The USSR ceased to exist on December 26, 1991. A few weeks later, WRAL News anchor Donna Gregory and WRAL photographer Jay Jennings accompanied the NC Friendship Force on a trip to Russia, now formerly the USSR, in mid-January 1992.

    Meet Elle Lyosa, a physical therapist who works at Moscow State University. She is paid the equivalent of three dollars of month. She is a single mother with a four year old son. Their home is an apartment that is 9‘ X 15’. Her outlook is positive as she seeks to better her life.

    This is the last of 11 reports that aired on WRAL News.

  • 1992 NC Friendship Force Trip to Moscow Report #10 Religion in Russia

    The USSR ceased to exist on December 26, 1991. A few weeks later, WRAL News anchor Donna Gregory and WRAL photographer Jay Jennings accompanied the NC Friendship Force on a trip to Russia, now formerly the USSR, in mid-January 1992.

    WRAL photographer Jay Jennings visited a Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow where parishioners were able to openly worship again. During the years of communist rule, religion was prohibited.

    This is the tenth of 11 reports that aired on WRAL News.

  • 1992 NC Friendship Force Trip to Moscow Report #9 Black Market

    The USSR ceased to exist on December 26, 1991. A few weeks later, WRAL News anchor Donna Gregory and WRAL photographer Jay Jennings accompanied the NC Friendship Force on a trip to Russia, now formerly the USSR, in mid-January 1992.

    The expression, “money talks” rings true when it comes to haggling over price. In the black market of Moscow, American cigarettes and American money “talks” as well. The Russian interpreter, Mary Ann, showed Donna and Jay how to navigate the streets filled with vendors and come out with a bargain.

    This is the ninth of 11 reports that aired on WRAL News.

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