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Nicholas Dawson became fascinated by Eastern Europe in his youth, and later briefly studied Russian language and literature at St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University. He taught English in the Leningrad Region and later to the Russian-speaking community in Spokane, WA. More recently, he has spent time in Ruthenia, Poland. He currently lives in Spokane with his wife Andrea and their son George, whom Nick attempts to quiet by singing Russian lullabies.