A very strange promotional video encouraging emigration to Russia leaves me wondering whether this is serious or parody.
Russia Entices You To Emigrate With “Beautiful Women, Cheap Gas, And No Cancel Culture”
The Russian Embassy in Spain posted the following video to its official YouTube account, which is in English with English subtitles:
Time to move to Russia 🤍💙❤️ pic.twitter.com/4CZL1Nt4Gi
— Rusia en España (@EmbajadaRusaES) July 29, 2022
The following reasons are given for why you should move to Russia:
- delicious cuisine
- beautiful women
- cheap gas
- rich history
- world-famous literature
- unique artchicecture
- fertile soil
- cheap electricity and water
- cheap taxi and delivery
- traditional values
- no cancel culture
- economy that can withstand thousands of sanctions
The video ends with, “Time to move to Russia. Don’t delay…winter is coming,” representing a veiled threat to energy supply lines to Europe which are in danger of being cut off.
Interestingly, despite the ongoing war in Ukraine, Russia continues to offer tourist visits to Americans and others and is grappling with a birth rate of 1.5o per woman, which is under the replacement rate.
The accent of this video, particularly the way in which “traditional” is said, makes me thing this is either a spoof done by Americans or perhaps a genuine video by an alt right thinker who is rooting for Russia in the “special military operation” in Ukraine.
Either way, what a strange video.
One of the great things about travel is being visit other countries without living there. I quite enjoyed my trip to Russia and would like to return…though not now. I do hope no one will take the video at face value. While Russia may welcome you with open arms, just note the grass is not always greener on the other side.