Originally posted by phantomjack
Having a friend who defected from Russia, I can tell you from his experiences that you won't last very long there.
I predict, and will have proof when it happens, that you will be back to the USA, and you WILL kiss the ground when you get back -- IF you get back.
Having Friends IN Russia I hear very different story.... Also, "Defecting" from Russia? Is there even a such thing as a "Russian Defector"? I know we
allow people to defect from nations we are either at war with or deem "inhumane" and we DID allow defectors from the Soviet Union, but Russia? This
would be the first I have heard.
Russia is going through a major cultural change and an economic growth period/boom. They seem to me to be in a spot like the USA was in during the
early 1900's (freedom wise) and seem to have far more freedoms than we do here (and far less of a "police state")-
Yes, its a little "rough" in places (like there was still a "wild west" here in the early 1900's) but everything I hear makes me wish I too, were in
Russia. Russia is an "up and comer" as the USA is slowly falling into ruin and fascism. As things get worse here, things get better there.
-Our poor and middle class currently are "better off" (financially) here. But that is changing and it will soon be the other way around. The Mob is
pretty big into everything in certain cities (much like it was here n the early to mid 20th century) but personally I would rather deal with a Loan
Shark than a Credit card company, I would rather take the gambling Odds given by the Mob than by "Vegas" etc,etc,etc,
Russia can be dangerous, but go walk the streets of Detroit or parts of S Side Chicago (Russia isnt near that dangerous ANYWHERE)- And Russia is HUGE.
Everything from massive Cities to remote wilderness. There are places to work in Siberia where you work/live there for 10 or 15 years (cannot
remember) in these massive mines and then are given a home anywhere and a pension and able to retire after 15 years of work (with a very nice r
package) since they cannot get enough people top relocate to those regions to do the work.
-Anyhow, sadly Russia has strict laws concerning working in their nation. After the collapse of the Soviet Union they took pretty much anyone
(especially skilled labor and tech people) but that is changing. They now are changing the laws since the workforce is becoming better trained and
-Believe the rhetoric and propaganda if you wish- OR contact some of the Ex-Pats living and working there NOW and ask them- As I said, I Currently
HAVE friends (and family) who live there and 15 years ago I had an opportunity to go- I declined. I believed the propaganda and thought of grey skies
and KGB agants tracking me while the Russian Mob shakes me down- The ones who went do NOT ever want to come back to USA beyond visiting family. They
LOVE it there.
-There are entire Forums dedicated to EX-Pats living abroad including in Russia. You can get the truth from those boards since people will tell
stories about everything from their daily life, where to meet others from your country, places to avoid, problems, etc...people post who have even
done small work stints abroad and have went "home" so it isnt like the KGB is watching over the shoulder of the people telling their stories.
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