MAUGANSVILLE - At their new house, Navruz Muradov's family can sleep without fear of a knock on their door.
The police do not bother them anymore.
"For me, for my family, I live here two years, everything good," Muradov said.
Muradov and his wife, Barna Mirzayeva, and their two children came to America in February 2005 from Russia.
With the help of their 10-year-old son Aziz, Muradov and Mirzayeva explained they were treated as second-class citizens in Russia.
"Government tell us, 'Go to another country to live,'" Muradov said.
Many of the Meskhetian Turks, who are Muslims, have left because of persecution in Russia. The Hagerstown Refugee Resettlement office has helped 196 Russians settle here, according to figures provided earlier this month by program coordinator George Miller.
Muradov, 36, and Mirzayeva, 30, are the first of the 200-some refugees who have settled here to buy their own home, said George Miller, program coordinator of the Hagerstown Refugee Resettlement office.