Sunday, June 15, 2008

Free and Flush, Russians Eager to Roam Abroad

One of the most enduring changes in the lives of Russians in recent years has occurred not in Russia itself, but in places like this coastal region of Turkey, where an influx of Russian tourists has given rise to a mini-industry catering to their needs. A people who under Communism were rarely allowed to venture abroad, and then lacked money to do so when the political barriers first fell, are now seeing the world. And relishing it.

The number of Russian tourists visiting countries outside the former Soviet Union grew to 7.1 million in 2006, the last year statistics were available, from 2.6 million in 1995, according to the Russian government.

A record 2.5 million Russians visited Turkey in 2007, up 33 percent from 2006, Turkish officials said. Only Germany, that paragon of European wealth, sends more tourists to Turkey. (By contrast, in 1988, a few years before the collapse of the Soviet Union, all of 22,000 Soviet citizens visited Turkey.)


Today's
NY Times

2 Comments:

At 6/15/2008 7:00 PM, Blogger megha said...

ya...True
i will fully agree to this post as this has been proved last year too how turkey has become "second russia"
cLICK
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/jul/27/turkey.russia

 
At 6/16/2008 7:19 AM, Blogger Shawn said...

a fat russian dude with a nike swoosh hat = death of communism, for SURE.

 

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