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Travel and Migration during the Soviet Union
« on: December 27, 2016, 03:15:06 AM »
According to a recent article I read, travel abroad and migration were not allowed during Soviet times without permission from the government. 

According to Soviet laws, a refusal to return from a trip abroad was considered treason, punishable by imprisonment or death and confiscation of property. 

Could this extreme closure have created the mob movement in the 1990's after the collapse of the USSR? 

Perhaps it was all just a bubble, fueled by these Soviet laws, that eventually burst. 

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Re: Travel and Migration during the Soviet Union
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2016, 11:14:46 AM »
Don't forget that for USAians foreign travel is only allowed with the permission of your government and can be withheld at whim. 

The reasons for the mail order bride phenomenon of a couple of decades ago was not about going on vacation.  :eeekk:

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Re: Travel and Migration during the Soviet Union
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2016, 05:29:08 PM »
According to a recent article I read, travel abroad and migration were not allowed during Soviet times without permission from the government. 

According to Soviet laws, a refusal to return from a trip abroad was considered treason, punishable by imprisonment or death and confiscation of property. 

Could this extreme closure have created the mob movement in the 1990's after the collapse of the USSR? 

Perhaps it was all just a bubble, fueled by these Soviet laws, that eventually burst.

Omega, As I understand history and facts the first two statements are indeed true.

Regarding the 'bubble' that 'created' the MOB 'movement' I think if one studies the contrasts as the Iron Curtain fell and the state of the former Soviet Union was left in. It is not difficult to understand why a portion of the female population fled into the arms of Western men.

Don't forget that for USAians foreign travel is only allowed with the permission of your government and can be withheld at whim. 

Some might be amused to read FiFi's explanation of the part that I qouted in italics. How ever he is the resident USA expert.

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