July 03, 2024

Is the Grass Always Greener Abroad?


Is the Grass Always Greener Abroad?
"The tears of the relocated one." Holod Media

Social media posts of Russian emigrés were cited by a Russian propaganda television show to demonstrate that life isn't always easier abroad.

Alexei Kazakov, host of a program on state TV channel Russia 24, shared stories of two citizens who had moved to the UK after the onset of Russia's War on Ukraine, taken from their social media accounts. The first, a woman who had dreamed of moving abroad but whose adjustment was proving more difficult, posted a video saying "renting a place is f***ing expensive."

Kazakov snidely responded, "This person lives in London and even received a residency permit in the UK, but for some reason, her new status does not make her happy."

Kazakov then displayed the tweets of an IT specialist now living in Georgia, in which he discusses how challenging it has been to earn enough money to support his family and plan for their futures. He then underlines that his priority is still to not raise his children in a "fascist state." Per Russia 24 host Yevgenia Petrukhina, the IT specialist "created his own problems." 

The callous dismissal of the difficulty of emigration was clearly meant to discourage even more Russians from moving abroad. 

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