Bitter effect

Over the past few days, I have heard many words of support from my friends. 

They also hoped that the terrible things that are happening now will not affect my family in Russia.

The fact is that it already affects… everyone.

-On Thursday (Feb 24), the US imposed sanctions against five Russian banks. Now the cardholders of those banks cannot use Apple Play and Google Pay services. However, all payment bank cards will continue to work throughout Russia to pay for goods and services, transfers and transactions through ATMs without restrictions. 

-On Thursday in Tomsk, banks began selling euros for more than 100 rubles; and dollars – above 95 rubles; some banks stopped exchanging foreign currency.  

-S7 Airlines (Russia’s largest private airline) has canceled all flights to Europe. We are talking about flights to Burgas, Varna, Munich, Larnaca, Paphos, Thessaloniki, Nice, Paris. The press service of the carrier reported that the cancellation is due to the closure of airspace over some European countries.

To date, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Estonia have decided to close their airspace to Russia.

As a response, Russia closes the sky to 36 countries, including the European Union, as well as Albania, Great Britain, Canada, Norway.

-On Thursday, Facebook imposed 90-day restrictions on several Russian media outlets.

The next day, Roskomnadzor partially restricted access to Facebook.

Because of this, many of my Facebook friends have created Telegram accounts/channels. Here is mine in Russian – (still empty), and in English –

-Meanwhile the Tomsk region is already experiencing the fifth wave of COVID-19. The number of daily detected cases of COVID-19 infection in the region is growing. On February 26, there were already 1,609 infected people a day.

 -What worries me even more is the military draft. I have two sons in Russia and I want them to be away from military operations.  I found out on the Internet that there is no additional set of reservists in the Tomsk region.

But the recruitment of military personnel under the contract is in full swing. For residents of the region, vacancies are open for a shooter, assistant grenade launcher, tank commander, scout, bomb squad and sniper. Salaries vary from 35 (sniper and bomb squad) to 60 (shooters) thousand rubles. Applicants are offered free meals and travel to the place of vacation, state life and health insurance and other guarantees.

The question is, will they return home and will they be able to take advantage of the benefits?

War divides families, quarrels friends. 

Russian and American news show the same events from completely different points of view. 

The Russian news is shocking in the way of broadcasting, the announcer talks about the bombing as if he is talking about the wheat harvest. 

American news frightens with the unpredictability of future events. 

My husband changes the TV channel when I get home. He knows the news will upset me.

At least I stopped crying. 

I’ve been trying to write this post for three days.

It’s bitter.

Author: Elena

Hi, My name is Elena. I am Russian living in the US. My blog is about my life and experience. This is my new hobby. So, please, don't be too hard on me. Thanks

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