Staunton, July 4 – That ever more of the youngest and most educated Russians want to leave their homeland for other countries is well-documented and widely accepted, all of Vladimir Putin’s bravado notwithstanding. (See and windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2018/07/three-pieces-of-very-bad-economic-news.html).
But in a story that echoes those of flights successful and unsuccessful from Soviet oppression such as Teppo Turen’s classic The Tuntsa, a Russian a few days ago sought to flee his country for Japan on a homemade boat that looked like a wooden box covered with a tarp (rusmonitor.com/zhitel-sakhalina-pytalsya-sbezhat-v-yaponiyu-na-samodelnojj-lodke-foto.html).
Unfortunately for the man and his dash for freedom, things ended badly: he and his boat were seized by Russian border guards. There is no word yet on his fate in their hands, but one fears for the worst.