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   Jean Gregoire Sagbo Becomes First Black Politician Elected In Russia

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7/26/2010 11:00 am

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KRISTINA NARIZHNAYA

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Huffington Post

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Entered 7/26/2010, Updated 7/26/2010

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NOVOZAVIDOVO, Russia — People in this Russian town used to stare at Jean Gregoire Sagbo because they had never seen a black man. Now they say they see in him something equally rare – an honest politician. Sagbo last month became the first black to be elected to office in Russia. In a country where racism is entrenched and often violent, Sagbo's election as one of Novozavidovo's 10 municipal councilors is a milestone. But among the town's 10,000 people, the 48-year-old from the West African country of Benin is viewed simply a Russian who cares about his hometown.


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