A Local Case

by Nathan Hamm on 4/13/2004

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it too often, but until a couple weeks ago, I lived in a very Russian part of Philadelphia. The “Far Northeast,” as it’s called, is full of immigrants of many varieties, but the Russians are extremely visible. There was rarely a day that I didn’t listen to native Russian speakers chatter away on the train.

Anyhow, a while back, there was a murder in the community, the details of which can be found here. The wife of the suspected murderer, now awaiting trial on a number of charges, including helping her husband flee the country, has a history with the agency I work for. She helped us set up a conversational English program with Russian immigrants.

She’s now the only person connected to the case still alive. Paul Eduardovich Goldman, a native of Uzbekistan, hanged himself shortly after learning that his parents had committed suicide out of shame for his actions.


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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