Russian elite leaves Russia in droves

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„Despite, or maybe as a result of the accession of the Crimea to Russia large sections of the Russian population support Vladimir Putin. But the Russian elite seems...

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russia„Despite, or maybe as a result of the accession of the Crimea to Russia large sections of the Russian population support Vladimir Putin. But the Russian elite seems to think differently: many of its members are going abroad – and are doing it quite quickly“ – writes Die Welt .

According to the Business Portal Business Insider, this question goes even so further that the rich Russians hire historians genealogists to search foreign descent in the family history, which could serve as a basis for obtaining foreign citizenship. „First of all, these are people who are earning a lot of money and now are afraid to lose them,“ – says the genealogist from Moscow Vladimir Paley.

According to the teacher of Russian literature and singer Tatyana Konkova „more and more people, mainly from the minority, disagreed with the course of Putin“. „I certainly do not agree with 90% of Russians, but I feel more and more like a foreigner in Russia,“ – says the woman who is preparing to emigrate to Georgia.

According to the official data from the Business Insider more than 186,000 people in total had left Russia in the last year. At the same time in 2012 123,000 people had left the country, and in 2011 and 2010 – 37 0000 and 34 000 respectively. The experts also suggested that the real numbers are even higher. „The official data on the migration is not sufficient“ – said the director of the Institute of Sociology Mikhail Gorshkov.

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