Yelena Makhnin, executive director of the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District, fired off her own letter in response to Lisyanskiy.
As many of you already know, Ms. Yelena Makhnin
, has recently taken issue with our campaign to promote a fair and stereotype free depiction of the Russian-speaking American community in an upcoming Lifetime reality series, Brighton Beach.
did so in a letter which takes a reproachful tone and speaks to neither substance nor merit of our ongoing effort.
We write to you today to set the record straight and assure you that contrary to Ms. Makhnin's
accusations, we have done our homework and have continuously tracked all that is publicly known about the show's development process.
In absence of official announcements and in light of how little is known about the coming series, Ms. Makhnin's
assurances that "that 'Brighton Beach' reality show will not portray Russian-speaking community in a bad way" are baseless and irresponsible.
To be clear, Ms. Makhnin is not a spokesperson for the Lifetime Network and is in no position to operate as such.
Yet for reasons still unknown, Ms. Makhnin, a Community Board member, has chosen to align herself with the network's corporate interests - not the interests of our community.
Those of you who know me best are familiar with my decade-long record of public service, as well as my continuous strives to advance ethnic and religious tolerance throughout our community and beyond.
It is in this spirit that I publicly defended Ms. Makhnin
not long ago, when another member of Community
Board 13 slighted her
Our letter of concern about Brighton Beachhas only one mission: toespouse the same virtues of tolerance for all members of the Russian-speaking and immigrant communities.