NEW YORK — A pending trip to attend a conference of Russian and Eastern European credit union leaders is giving Clifford Rosenthal, the Executive Director of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions a chance to feed some of his Russian roots.

Before getting involved with community development and credit unions, Rosenthal studied Russian history at the graduate level in Columbia, specializing in pre-revolutionary history. He can read Russian fluently but admits that time may have undermined his ability to speak it. The trip to the Eastern European Technical Congress, to be held in Moscow over September 10-12, will be Rosenthal’s third trip to Russia.

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