The Mood in Russia

Nadin Brzezinski
8 min readAug 13, 2022
Dead Russian Soldiers om the way Home

Russians realize the war is not going well. This was a three-day operation that should have left a friendly regime in Kyiv. Instead, vacationing Russians in Crimea are treated to explosions well beyond the front lines.

Now they are getting something else. Russians may not receive tourist visas to the European Union. This is now considered part of the next set of sanctions. According to ABC News, this is starting with Finland and Estonia:

The leaders of Estonia and Finland want fellow European countries to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens, saying they should not be able to take vacations in Europe while the Russian government carries out a war in Ukraine.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas wrote Tuesday on Twitter that “visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right” and that it is “time to end tourism from Russia now.”

A day earlier, her counterpart in Finland, Sanna Marin, told Finnish broadcaster YLE that “it is not right that while Russia is waging an aggressive, brutal war of aggression in Europe, Russians can live a normal life, travel in Europe, be tourists.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy went further in a Washington Post interview Monday, saying all Western countries should ban Russian tourists.

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Nadin Brzezinski

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game. You can find me at CounterSocial, Mastodon and rarely FB