Russian Woman Seeks New Life In Northampton

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz says  he supports the decision of a local church to provide sanctuary to a  Russian woman. 

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Northampton and  Florence took in Irida Kakhtiranova, who is avoiding deportation, last  week. 

Narkewicz released a statement yesterday saying his administration  will not interfere with what he called a principled act of conscience  from the congregation. 

Kakhtiranova was part of a press conference held  by the church to discuss the matter on Tuesday. 

The woman was persecuted in her native Russia when she fell in love with a woman.  

She then came to this country seeking a new life.

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