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Re: Is Russia currently safe for an American tourist and wife hunter?
« Reply #25 on: April 22, 2019, 07:19:57 AM »

Many also warned me about women who would try to seduce me.
I asked for a list.

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Re: Is Russia currently safe for an American tourist and wife hunter?
« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2019, 01:00:00 AM »
Well Daniloff (arrested in 1986) didn't have a military background and nor does the American pastor that was arrested in Izmir Turkey in 2016.  This is all rather disturbing.


Daniloff has Russian ancestors who were directly a part of the Russian military command in World War I and then the Russian Red Army. His great-great grandfather was implicated in the failed February uprising against the Tsar. So the Russians always looked upon him, as they do with anyone whose family leaves Russia for a Western home, with a great deal of mistrust. Daniloff was an easy target since he was already packing and preparing to leave his Moscow post. Thus it was an easy arrest to make a point to Washington.


In 2001 we were spending the weekend at the dacha of the Minister (now retired) who served as Communications Director during Putin's first term. At lunch, served outdoors on a patio, a visitor to the home told me that he had written a manuscript regarding electric theory and wanted me to see that it got to the West for publication. That in itself was odd as the days of sneaking novels and journals out of Russia was fading away.


I know nothing about electricity and he flipped thru dozens of pages with diagrams and drawings. I explained that the USA uses a different current and questioned the value of such a book in the West. He insisted and stood at the table to reach across and put it in my hands. I have never seen Mrs M move so fast! She was seated at another table and in a flash intercepted any attempted exchange and in the strongest of terms told the man to leave me alone


She grabbed me and we walked away to a nearby fishing pond and the first thing she asked was whether I had touched it. Did you leave fingerprints, she wanted to know? No, you were there before I could even think of taking it, was my reply.


Oddly, about a year earlier I had attended a refresher seminar at the Embassy about safety, and accepting packages/materials was one of the topics. She knew first hand of the dangers as her father, a Soviet diplomat in the Middle East had returned with the family to Russia. He was followed/watched/bugged for several years before being reassigned to to a new post in the Russian Embassy in London.  The Soviets struggled to trust returning diplomats, fearing that they had been compromised.

The family never made it to London--a week before his travel date his office crew at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow took him out for drinks to celebrate his new diplomatic posting. He never came home alive and his case was sealed for years. The cause of death was listed as a brain aneurysm.


Just a few years ago, approximately 50 years after his death, my MIL was allowed to see the archives and the autopsy report showed that he had been poisoned. No investigation and no charges--just swept under the rug and locked in archives. We can speculate, but there are no real answers as to why.
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Re: Is Russia currently safe for an American tourist and wife hunter?
« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2019, 01:33:00 AM »
My case may be different from most Americans. In 2016 I refused to register as a "foreign agent" as many Western journalists are now required to do. I had been met/detained/driven around Moscow one night by officers of the Interior Ministry the previous summer after returning from a trip to Amsterdam where Dutch and international officials were combing over evidence regarding the downing of Malaysian flight 17 over Ukraine.


I was not arrested but driven around in a car (with another one following) from 2 am until morning. Russian law does not allow the American Embassy to intervene in cases when Americans are arrested, and so I asked over and over if I was under arrest? No, was the answer repeated each time as we had quite an extensive tour of Moscow in the wee hours of the night/morning. I refused to allow them to drive me home because that would be intimidating for both me and my family. Finally they submitted to my original request that unless I was under arrest, to be taken to the Belorusskaya Metro station so that I could go home by myself without an "escort."


In 2018 I was scheduled to travel from Kyiv via Minsk to Arkhangelsk (beautiful area in the far north) to speak at a University exchange gathering of Russian and American university students and professors. I had a ticket, hotel reservation, and was ready to go but my invitation was suddenly cancelled.


Given my love for Ukraine and other places in former FSU, I feel that I have no business living in or traveling to Russia until there are changes in attitudes and policies.
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Re: Is Russia currently safe for an American tourist and wife hunter?
« Reply #28 on: April 25, 2019, 01:40:58 AM »
All that being said, I still have a great love for the country (без Путина) and many of the people. Keep your nose clean, don't do anything stupid, don't be loud or drunk, don't talk politics at all, and don't photo the police--especially if they are beating the shit out of undocumented arrivals fresh off the trains from places like Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, etc.


Go, enjoy yourself.


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Re: Is Russia currently safe for an American tourist and wife hunter?
« Reply #29 on: April 25, 2019, 02:33:46 AM »

Daniloff has Russian ancestors who were directly a part of the Russian military command in World War I and then the Russian Red Army. His great-great grandfather was implicated in the failed February uprising against the Tsar. So the Russians always looked upon him, as they do with anyone whose family leaves Russia for a Western home, with a great deal of mistrust. Daniloff was an easy target since he was already packing and preparing to leave his Moscow post. Thus it was an easy arrest to make a point to Washington.


In 2001 we were spending the weekend at the dacha of the Minister (now retired) who served as Communications Director during Putin's first term. At lunch, served outdoors on a patio, a visitor to the home told me that he had written a manuscript regarding electric theory and wanted me to see that it got to the West for publication. That in itself was odd as the days of sneaking novels and journals out of Russia was fading away.


I know nothing about electricity and he flipped thru dozens of pages with diagrams and drawings. I explained that the USA uses a different current and questioned the value of such a book in the West. He insisted and stood at the table to reach across and put it in my hands. I have never seen Mrs M move so fast! She was seated at another table and in a flash intercepted any attempted exchange and in the strongest of terms told the man to leave me alone


She grabbed me and we walked away to a nearby fishing pond and the first thing she asked was whether I had touched it. Did you leave fingerprints, she wanted to know? No, you were there before I could even think of taking it, was my reply.


Oddly, about a year earlier I had attended a refresher seminar at the Embassy about safety, and accepting packages/materials was one of the topics. She knew first hand of the dangers as her father, a Soviet diplomat in the Middle East had returned with the family to Russia. He was followed/watched/bugged for several years before being reassigned to to a new post in the Russian Embassy in London.  The Soviets struggled to trust returning diplomats, fearing that they had been compromised.

The family never made it to London--a week before his travel date his office crew at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow took him out for drinks to celebrate his new diplomatic posting. He never came home alive and his case was sealed for years. The cause of death was listed as a brain aneurysm.


Just a few years ago, approximately 50 years after his death, my MIL was allowed to see the archives and the autopsy report showed that he had been poisoned. No investigation and no charges--just swept under the rug and locked in archives. We can speculate, but there are no real answers as to why.
What a story! Typical story of the old soviet time! My ex wife lost her grand father also, he was a ranked soldier.
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Re: Is Russia currently safe for an American tourist and wife hunter?
« Reply #30 on: April 25, 2019, 02:37:45 AM »
All that being said, I still have a great love for the country (без Путина) and many of the people. Keep your nose clean, don't do anything stupid, don't be loud or drunk, don't talk politics at all, and don't photo the police--especially if they are beating the shit out of undocumented arrivals fresh off the trains from places like Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, etc.


Go, enjoy yourself.
As a teenager i used to live in some corrupted country of north Africa with a king.The same advices apply in such type of country also.
I remember one morning we were at school but no teacher for our lesson of geography. He has gone with the police and kick off in a plane in the day to France (the lucky guy, he has not be beaten or worse).
What he did wrongly ? He was in politics, through a trade union. That's was not the place for such activity  :cluebat:
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Re: Is Russia currently safe for an American tourist and wife hunter?
« Reply #31 on: April 27, 2019, 12:40:28 AM »
It is defo NOT 'safe' on Sochi's beaches, right now..

These vids were taken by a single woman showing another single woman and one who will not be (legally) single soon...

To all those making excuses about getting a visa, or not going because of Putin, or 'anti American' ( or other western nations) sentiment, or objecting to Kremlin 'away games' in neighbouring nations...

Thank you ;)











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Re: Is Russia currently safe for an American tourist and wife hunter?
« Reply #32 on: April 27, 2019, 04:55:12 AM »
Im sure mob will agree that Southern Russia is far too dangerous for foreigners to visit. Its a hostile environment, full of unattractive and very agressive women...my advice is to stay well clear!! 😉

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Re: Is Russia currently safe for an American tourist and wife hunter?
« Reply #33 on: April 27, 2019, 06:54:25 AM »
Im sure mob will agree that Southern Russia is far too dangerous for foreigners to visit. Its a hostile environment, full of unattractive and very agressive women...my advice is to stay well clear!! 😉


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