Monday, October 6, 2014

A Kievan in Moscow.

A Kievan in Moscow.

by NoBC4U

A true story, though the names and some minor details have been changed to protect the innocent. 

Recently a friend, let’s call her “Tanya,” had the opportunity to spend two days in Moscow. Since the earliest days of the so-called revolution, she saw right through it and understood what was going on. Her and I have had discussions about the USA/EU overthrow of the government.

It had been quite a few years since she had visited Moscow. Well over 10 years, in fact. The original plan was that I would be part of this trip too, but Moscow gets colder a lot earlier than many places, so the trip was moved forward a couple weeks leaving me insufficient time to get a visa. Bummer!

It was clear even during the planning stages of this trip that things were a lot different in Moscow then they were in Kiev. One thing she wanted to do before the trip was to book the train travel between the airport and to their hotel. In Kiev, this cannot be done because neither airport has train service. Of course, she quickly took note that things in general were a bit more expensive in Moscow.

So Tanya and her traveling companions arrived in Moscow, took the train/Metro to their hotel, and they were allowed it to check in early, with a room upgrade to boot! Great beginning! But no time to enjoy the room. There was plenty to do and limited time to do it. Must get moving.

During her time there, a number of people remarked that she must be from out of town because of her accent. Upon finding out that she was from Kiev, a number of people expressed their condolences and inquired if there was anything that they could do. (More on this later). In Moscow, people obviously are hearing a lot of news out of Ukraine, much more accurate news than anything you would expect to hear in Ukraine. Of course, the bad news in Ukraine affects some people quite directly and affects other people not at all. Of course it's quite impossible for those in Moscow to know to what degree a certain person has been affected by a tragedy such as this, but the concern was there and the concern was real.

But although she understood when this trip began the things in Moscow would be a bit more expensive, she also understood that a number of things will be cheaper. Much cheaper. So one of her goals on this trip was to stock up on medicines. To obtain one of these medicines in Kiev often required a 15 minute walk to the nearest Metro station, taking the Metro for four stops, then walking another 10 minutes to buy enough medicine to last 4 to 6 weeks. Then reverse the routine to return home. Before her Moscow trip, she called the number of pharmacies around her hotel and readily found this medicine in stock at a price 60 to 70% less than it would cost in Kiev. Another medicine also cost 60 to 70% less in Moscow. Buying a years supply of both medicines, she was practically able to cover the whole cost of the trip through the money she saved. Of course, it also helped that her cousin's husband paid all expenses related to the hotel!

Of course, with Tanya’s new supply of medicine, was just one possible problem. And that's getting all of this past security scanners with checking in at the airport. And it certainly did not help that this medicine is not tablets; it was injectable! Once that showed up on the x-ray scanner, it was a given that there would be some questions about this. The agent interrogated her for a while about this, and then asked "what is your destination"? She said "Kiev". The agent said "you should have said that in the first place. Go ahead, everything's fine."

But I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that after such a nice trip, something would happen upon her return to Kiev that would put a damper on everybody's mood. Her husband arrived at Boryspol airport and saw on the arrivals board that her flight had been delayed. Twenty minutes after its scheduled arrival, the board still stated delayed. And there was no updates forthcoming. Her husband was on his way to find a seat to settle in for a possible long wait when he heard Tanya and her companions behind him. It seems the flight had arrived 15 minutes earlier, but no one at the airport bothered to update the flight status. When they left the airport five minutes later, the flight was still listed as delayed. In their head, I wouldn’t be surprised if they heard a voice that said “Welcome back to Banderastan.”

A few days later, because of this trip, Tanya got called the “S” word. No, not smart, though anybody who thinks these days should probably watch out if somebody calls them that “S” word, because those who think too much are not much appreciated any more. No, the “S” word Tanya was called was “separatist.” All because she chose to leave “Insanity Central” for a couple of days.

So now, my advice to those in Russia who are concerned about the situation in Ukraine? Support your President. And watch for those who would be willing to sell your country for a handful of rubles. They’d sell you and your mother too. They are not the patriots they and the foreign owned media try to paint them as. They are traitors, and should be called out as such. They only care what’s in it for themselves. And whatever you do, don’t send cash or other goods into Ukraine, if the recipients support the junta in any way. Although the junta will blame Moscow for any pain felt until the bitter end, the only way to break many people away from the junta is for them to understand, thru experiencing it, that the source of the pain is Kiev, not Moscow.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this story. I wonder how many others in Ukraine are having experiences similar to your friend's.


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