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Franklin Releases EP on Hot Seat Records, Grafton WI

by Angie Mack Reilly

(Grafton, WI) Do you remember the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that catastrophically infused radioactive material into the atmosphere in 1986?

Denis Alfmistov (aka Franklin) was born just 60 miles from there in Gomel, Belarus in 1993. After the disaster, many families from the area slowly dispersed to avoid contamination.

With $100 to their name, Denis’ family left the state once occupied the communist Russia to seek a “better” life in the United States of America.

The family migrated to Brooklyn, New York with his father taking on a job in construction. Denis went to Seth Low Middle School and recalls he and his brother getting beat up by teen gangs on a regular basis. From what Denis describes, their life in Brooklyn was more than rough. The entire family suffered deeply. Denis describes all of them as being…

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