Tens of thousands of Russians have opened a new Constantinople and are fleeing en masse from Russia

Tens of thousands of Russians have discovered a new Constantinople and are fleeing en masse from Russia

economy and the closure of European airspace for Russian airlines. Fearing the economic and political consequences of the crisis, tens of thousands of Russians have discovered the “new Constantinople” and are considering moving there. We are talking about Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. The director of the Yerevan Museum of Architecture Mark Grigoryan spoke about the migration of Russians, which in a short time has reached significant proportions, in his Facebook post.

For the last 12 days, Yerevan has been receiving a new wave of immigrants – middle-class Russians are fleeing Russia, some for a short period, and some forever. According to Mark Grigoryan, every day 20-25 planes from Russia transport “new migrants” to Yerevan. The director noted that people who contrast sharply with the locals in their clothes/manners and “look like tourists” plan to emigrate to Europe, the USA or Georgia, and not permanently stay in Armenia.

Why Yerevan?

Grigoryan compared Yerevan to the “Constantinople of the 1918-1920s”, stating that at that time Russian intellectuals left their country and became emigrants, being thrown into the unknown. Tens of thousands of Russians who fled after the October Revolution arrived in Istanbul after the evacuation of Crimea.

In addition, getting to Armenia is quite simple. When crossing the border by air, you can enter with a Russian passport, and through it, if you wish, get into Georgia. You can stay in Armenia for 180 days without a visa. A direct flight from Moscow to Yerevan will cost an average of 16 thousand rubles, but in days of high demand, as now, prices jump significantly. Russia has direct air links with Armenia. There are regular flights from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Sochi, Samara.

In the context of the still undefeated coronavirus, you can come to Armenia with a certificate of full vaccination or with a certificate with a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, carried out no later than 72 hours before entering the country. Children under 7 do not need to be vaccinated or have test results. Adults without a test or certificate will not be released from the airport.

In addition, Armenia as a host country and Russian guests have a common past – our compatriots perceive the sunny country as friendly, which means they are not afraid to stay there if necessary .

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