Russian Word of the Week: Defector

I’m thinking of doing a series of posts featuring new Russian words that I learn. There are enough Russian words to write about them on a daily basis, but I don’t have the time for that, unfortunately, so I think I’ll start on a weekly basis.

While researching Victor Kravchenko, the famous Soviet defector, I read the Russian Wikipedia article on him (seriously, reading Wikipedia in foreign languages is a great way to learn) and learned a new Russian word: невозращенец. It means defector. I was having trouble remembering it until I saw that it appears to share a common root with возвращать, which means to return (in the sense of returning something, not a person returning somewhere).

And speaking of Kravchenko, I really want to read this book:

Too bad I can only find the book at academic libraries and not the local library back home.

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