Abkhazia and Mongolia: Russia has issued a rating of countries from which tourists still visit them, but called for no reciprocal visits
Due to the full-scale war in Ukraine, Russia has become a pariah in the world, so self-respecting tourists avoid the terrorist country like the plague. However, propagandists continue to foam at the mouth to prove to the world that their dirty beaches in Sochi and fascist Z-culture are of interest to foreigners.
For example, the other day, the Russian media released a rating of countries from which tourists still come to Russia. The leaders are, of course, the post-Soviet states, as well as Mongolia, China, and occupied Abkhazia. However, there is a caveat: Russians themselves are urged to avoid reciprocal visits (scroll to the bottom of the page to see the photo).
According to the Russian Federation, tourists from Abkhazia (352,000 people), China (139,000), and Mongolia (115,000) are the most willing to travel to Russia. By post-Soviet countries, Russians most likely meant "friendly" Belarus, where they themselves most often traveled in 2023.
The data was collected at the end of this year's summer season, which shows that neither Europeans, nor Americans, nor residents of other civilized countries are eager to get to know the "Russian world" better.
Russian citizens themselves are warned that they should not visit occupied Abkhazia in retaliation, as Russian tourists are not treated as if they are in any way untrustworthy and are not neglected.
Dmitry Petrov, the author of a Russian travel blog, recently decided to pay the Abkhazians a return visit. He chose a guide long and carefully, took his friends with him, and went to a fairly decent restaurant, where he was cheated out of money by being charged a larger amount.
"The waiter smiled stupidly at the claim and pretended not to understand. The guide came to the rescue, promised to look into it and disappeared into the back of the restaurant. Of course, no one returned the money. The guide and the waiter were acting in concert," Russian media reported.
In addition, Russians are warned that traveling to China can also be problematic. For example, in August, Russian tourists who tried to travel under the visa-free regime were unceremoniously turned back.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL wrote about the shameful story of Russian traveler Oleg, who was homeless for 14 days at Phuket airport because he got drunk and slept through his flight. Read more about the vicissitudes of the Russian alcoholic, who was laughed at by the whole world, here.