Connie Chung, Elya Baskin and Saveliy Kramarov

Yes that was her in Moscow on the Hudson playing the news reporter.

Elya Baskin, who played Anatoly, immigrated to the United States in 1976. He attended Moscow’s prestigious Theatre and Variety Arts College. Won a Festival of Young Actors Award at the Moscow Comedy Theatre.

Also appearing in this film was Russian actor Saveliy Kramarov who was a real life defector from the USSR. Kramarov had appeared in over 40 Russian films and was given permission to immigrate to the USA in the early 1980s. Kramarov gave up his Russian film career for small parts and religious freedom in the United States. This was Kramarov’s first American movie and ironically he played a KGB agent.


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