This is what sanctions in Russia look like (above and below).
A buddy of mine in Russia (east of Moscow) just sent these to me. He says that you can still buy everything, except that food is more expensive and anything imported (think Western products) is even more expensive. But in the end, the stores are still open, people are still going to work and food is getting eaten.
I did a quick Google search and I see that Lufthansa has canceled a lot of flights to Russia as have many other airlines. It seems that the sanctions are hurting those who travel (not the lower classes).
I’ve always chosen to avoid politics on this website. I guess its just not the place for it. I’ve been to bars with signs, “No politics, no religion.” And for good reason: many people, well, you just can’t change their politics (or religion) and talking about it just makes for bad feelings.
But, it would be irresponsible of me to NOT talking about the current situation in Russia (and Ukraine) because it will impact many of the readers of this website. Specifically those who are planning a trip to Eastern Europe (EE) and those who are thinking about it. There are three ways in which the sanctions will impact you and your decision to go to the East in search of a Wife.
First, while there is food on the shelves in Russia (and Ukraine), the exchange rate has doubled (was 30 Rubles to a dollar, now about 65) and inflation has skyrocketed. This has caused a lot of economic hardship. One of the main reasons that many EE Women come West is for economic reasons. Economic problems have compounded and there are more Russian Women who want to “escape” to the West now more than ever. People are finding it more and more difficult to live. A Woman who is considering marriage and family will find her choices limited in Russia. If ever you were considering ditching Western women, now might be your golden opportunity.
And second, with the crash of the Ruble comes a cheaper vacation for you. I just checked the price for my favorite “by the airport” hotel in my Wife’s home city. Prices for this hotel are normally $95 – $129 per night. Right now, I see that the hotel is priced at $45 per night. The lowered Ruble means that there are exceptional travel bargains in Russia now. The price of everything when measured in dollars (or Euros) is much less than before. Bus tickets are half to one third the price from a year ago. Anything denominated in Rubles is cheaper when you’re buying with Western money.
Ukraine is in the same boat: their currency was thrashed and there is economic hardship there as well. I just read a report that Russia and Ukraine’s populations have shrunk by 10% in the last decade. If you’ve lived in Russia or Ukraine, you’ll know why. Life there isn’t easy. And lately, it is getting harder. I believe that we will see a mass exodus of people from Russia in the next few years.
Some things to keep in mind if you’re traveling to Russia (or some parts of Ukraine). Not everyone is happy with the West now. Keep a low profile. If you are going to speak English, keep your voice down. Don’t go out late at night and stay away from trouble spots and especially any sort of protest or civil agitation. I’ve read of foreign businesses getting thrashed and you don’t want to spend your vacation in the hospital.
Don’t take this warning that you shouldn’t go. By all means, if you meet a Woman in EE, go for it. Just keep your wits about you and use common sense.
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