Local student’s fascination pays off

STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) — A life-long fascination with Russia is paying off for a Struthers native.

Keary Iarussi is studying the country and region as part of his degree at Miami University. Because of that, over the past two years, he has traveled to both Russia and Ukraine and made many friends there.

He said those ties make the turmoil happening there all the more personal.

“I have friends in Ukraine, I have friends in Russia, and it’s sad to see that relationship, a historic relationship kind of disappear before your eyes,” said Iarussi.

Iarussi added that he is headed back to Russia this summer where he plans to study more of the language and culture.

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