Andrei Arsenievich Luchnikov
Andrei Arsenievich Luchnikov (ahr-seh-NIH-yeh-vihch LEWCH-nih-kov), the handsome, Oxford-educated, red-mustached, forty-five-year-old editor of the Russian-language publication Courier. He supports Crimea’s unification with the Soviet Union. After exploring Russia alone, he returns to Crimea, lives with Tanya, and wins the Crimea Rally. His victory propels his political cause, so that Crimea requests unification with Russia.
Arseny Nicholaevich Luchnikov
Arseny Nicholaevich Luchnikov (ahr-SEH-nee nih-koh-LA-yeh-vihch), Andrei’s father, nearly eighty years old, a tall, thin scholar who wears jeans and a leather jacket. A former colonel in the White Army during the civil war, he is killed surrendering to occupying Soviet forces.
Anton Andreevich Luchnikov
Anton Andreevich Luchnikov (ahn-DREH-yeh-vihch), Andrei’s tall, blond, nineteen-year-old, politically opposed son. He escapes Crimea with his wife and child during the Soviet occupation.
Marlen “Marlusha” Mikhailovich Kuzenkov
Marlen “Marlusha” Mikhailovich Kuzenkov (mih-KHA-ih-loh-vihch KEW-zehn-kov), Andrei’s friend, the head of the Soviet Foreign Division of the Central Committee and an expert on Crimea. He commits suicide after he realizes that the election will produce reunification.
Dmitri (DMIH-tree), or Dim Shebeko (dihm sheh-BEH-koh), Kuzenkov’s twenty-five-year-old son, a saxophonist with a jazz-rock band who helps Andrei go underground in Russia.
Tatyana (Tanya) Lunina
Tatyana (Tanya) Lunina (tah-TYAH-nah LEW-nih-nah), a thirty-eight-year-old...
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