There’s a heavy sadness in the streets of Little Russia, the outer Richmond neighborhood that’s been home to many of San Francisco’s Russian and Ukrainian émigrés for generations.

You can feel it at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Geary Boulevard, where older women pray silently under the stained glass windows, lighting candles for the living and dead.

Ukraine war finds its way to San Francisco’s Little Russia

A woman prays at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Geary Street, in San Francisco. (Al Saracevic/The Examiner)

Ukraine war finds its way to San Francisco’s Little Russia

The Europa Plus grocery story, on Geary Boulevard and 18th Street in San Francisco’s “Little Russia” neighborhood, sells Russian delicacies. (Al Saracevic/The Examiner)

Ukraine war finds its way to San Francisco’s Little Russia

A Russian bakery on San Francisco’s Geary Street is actually run by Georgians, who have received threatening calls since the war in Ukraine began. (Al Saracevic/The Examiner)

Ukraine war finds its way to San Francisco’s Little Russia

Jan Sikorski works at his family’s Polish deli in the heart of San Francisco’s “Little Russia” neighborhood. (Al Saracevic/The Examiner)

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