The impossible task of discussing Ukraine with my mother-in-law

Alexei Sorokin
3 min readJun 6, 2023

My mother-in-law just arrived after finally getting her US visa. On the second day of her stay, I told her, “With my Mom, do not, absolutely do not discuss Ukraine or any related topics.”

My Mom never got along with my mother-in-law. For many years I’ve had to ensure their paths cross as little as possible. With the onset of the war, the possibility of a clash became an even scarier situation to imagine. My mom is full of rage against Russia that she left soon after the war started. My mother-in-law, on the other hand, is…

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Alexei Sorokin

A Russian immigrant in America, father of 4, Cambridge and Harvard Business School alum. I run and write every day. https://runningwritingliving.substack.com/