In the past week, more than 150,000 Russian tourists have been stranded outside of their country. With no flights and limited options for transportation home, many are opting to stay in hotels with family members or friends rather than wait out the crisis at airports.
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There are about 150,000 Russian tourists outside the country, many of whom are having difficulty returning home.
on March 4, 2022 by Gary Leff
For a few months, it appeared inevitable that Russia would attack Ukraine. Putin might have been bluffing in order to obtain concessions. The Russian demands, on the other hand, were so extravagant that it was evident they understood they were asking for things they wouldn’t get, making the bluff scenario doubtful. When concessions were not forthcoming, Putin found himself in a situation where he nearly had to invade or risk losing face.
Nonetheless, even if war had proven unavoidable, it appeared rational to bet on a rapid Russian triumph. It has in the past for Russia, and Ukraine had proven itself to be weak in 2014 (they have since improved). Was a Western retaliation even possible? Surely, Germany would not stand up to Russia, which is too reliant on it for energy, and so Europe would not be unified.
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So, before to the invasion, the world went about its business, expecting nothing to happen outside of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Russians, like Americans and Europeans, took vacations. There are an estimated 150,000 Russian tourists abroad, many of whom are in countries where Russian planes are denied access to their airspace, and vice versa.
Russians who want to return home may travel to Istanbul or Dubai on a non-Russian airline and then change to a Russian carrier if necessary. It is very certainly the Russian government’s responsibility to provide charter flights from large places where they can still fly in order to return their residents.
The Western reaction has many components: aid Ukraine, suffocate Russia’s capacity to fund its actions and supply a conflict, and affect Russian life. This final point makes life tough for both billionaires and ordinary Russians.
The oligarchs are a class of people who own a lot of money.
The 512-foot yacht of Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has been confiscated by German police in Hamburg, Germany. https://t.co/yQh7rE4DMy pic.twitter.com/U1dVRVBIBc
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And then there are the gamers:
Russian players will no longer be able to play games. Purchases on Steam, PlayStation Store, and Nintendo eShop are no longer possible. https://t.co/45ZA5QURm6
Olga Lautman (@OlgaNYC1211) (@OlgaNYC1211) (@OlgaNYC1211) (@OlgaNYC1211) 2nd of March, 2022
It’s unclear how much making life tough within Russia affects the result of the invasion. How probable is it that Putin will be brought under control? Is average Russians’ opinion important, and how much message gets through in the face of (both conventional and social) media in Russia? Indeed, how many oligarchs are in a position to make a difference? It’s not really clear.
Westerners who do business with Russia suffer as a result of the sanctions, since they pay higher energy expenses and have their lifestyles disrupted. They’re also harsh on regular Russians, in a manner that Putin and the Russian government may not be. They may also have no impact on the outcome of events.
That isn’t always a reason to avoid them. I believe that in our haste to (rightly) support a democracy against a foreign invader aiming to transform it into a vassal state, we overlook some of the human toll. One tiny aspect of this is that regular individuals are detained outside their nation, unable to return to their loved ones, homes, or employment.
It may be essential to limit airspace and disrupt global travel and business, but it is always regrettable.