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Russian Paraplegic Sues U.S. Diplomat for 1998 Accident

A Russian man seriously injured in a 1998 auto accident arrives in the United States to sue an American diplomat. Alexander Kashin was paralyzed after Douglas Kent, then U.S. consul general in Vladivostok, slammed into his car. The U.S. State Department refused to lift Kent's diplomatic immunity. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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Michele Kelemen has been with NPR for two decades, starting as NPR's Moscow bureau chief and now covering the State Department and Washington's diplomatic corps. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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