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Local voices, global issues: Suzanne Massie

Author, consultant and a frequent visitor to the people, not politics, of Russia, Suzanne Massie sat down for a recent interview to describe how she ended up as a rare American who walks among ordinary Russian citizens, and met numerous times with President Ronald Reagan, who sought her experience and expertise.

Leningrad apartment

Leningrad apartment

Suzanne Massie sits at her desk in her Leningrad apartment.

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Massie

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At home

At home

Suzanne Massie looks for a passage in Land of the Firebird, a book she authored on the history and people of ‘old’ Russia.

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Massie

Russian boxes

Russian boxes

Massie’s East Blue Hill home displays artifacts and mementos from her travels, such as these Russian boxes.

Photo by Anne Berleant