This past week, hundreds of San Franciscans toured the visiting Russian Missile Cruiser Varyag
. The Varyag is the first Russian Naval ship to make a goodwill visit to San Francisco in 147 years. The visit was made in part to commemorate a little remembered piece of
Russian-American history. During the American Civil War, Tsar Alexander II sent a fleet to San
Francisco and New York to show
support for the union.
During her tour of the ship, St. John's student Sasha Zharchuk was interviewed by KGO-TV. You can watch Sasha's interview in streaming video format from the ABC news website by clicking here.