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    Russian and Ukrainian speech in the Czech Republic and inflation

    For several years in a row, Victoria Kotlovskaya from St. Petersburg has been going on vacation to the Czech Republic. And this year she did not change the tradition. But I noticed changes in the country itself.

    “Now the officially declared inflation rate is 17.2% compared to last year, and we felt it ourselves. Food prices have risen, now you have to shell out for food. Milk, butter, coffee, meat and flour products became more expensive. Friends who are here for permanent residence also complain that the payment for the “communal” and rent has greatly increased. Although we rented an apartment for vacation at the same price as always, from a permanent landlord,” the Russian woman shared.

    According to her, the prices for transport and treatment have not changed. But they grew up on subscriptions to gyms – in particular, on individual lessons with a trainer. Also, Kotlovskaya notes, prices for flights from Russia to Europe have doubled.

    “If flights across Europe cost the same, for example, you can fly to Italy from the Czech Republic for the same from Russia abroad is a real quest. We have to look for workarounds and fly with transfers. And if before February it was possible to fly to Russia together for 18 thousand rubles, now prices have increased to 30-50 thousand rubles. And this is in addition to the fact that the flight time has increased significantly, ”said Victoria.

    At the same time, there are as many tourists in the Czech Republic as before, how many of them are Russians – it is difficult to understand on the spot. However, the attitude of the Czechs themselves towards visitors has not changed in any way. According to Kotlovskaya, the locals have always treated tourists well, and now they provide a lot of support for refugees from Ukraine, but at the same time they do not show any negative attitude towards Russians.

    Discounts for Russians, if only they stay

    Maxim Ignatov from Nizhny Novgorod, in order to visit his brother, who lives in Milan, had to fly through Istanbul with 13 hour layover. Tickets cost about 180 thousand rubles round trip.

    “The hardest part of it all was finding tickets to Milan. Mostly Turks fly to Rome, but from there I would have to travel by train, which did not suit me. Therefore, I had to buy such expensive tickets, ”the man shared.

    In Italy itself, according to him, prices have risen (mainly for food) – by an average of a couple of euros. For local residents, as his brother explained to Mikhail, this is quite impressive.

    Meanwhile, hotels are trying to keep the price tag in the hope of tourists from Russia.

    In the most difficult situation, according to Ignatov, restaurateurs, hoteliers and small souvenir shops are now in the most difficult situation. As the Russian noted, due to the decrease in the flow of Russian tourists and the arrival of a large number of refugees, their business is on the verge of closing.

    No Russian flags and low prices

    This year Muscovite Evgenia Surikova went on vacation to Turkey for the third time. And the first change she noticed was the absence of Russian flags.

    Otherwise, according to her, nothing has changed. In addition to the prices of clothes and food, they are lower than in Russia, and due to the crushing fall of the lira, Russians can afford more than before.

    “The same pack of chips in Russia costs much more than in Turkey. We have a price – from 100 rubles and more, and they have about 70-80 rubles. And some other positions in Turkish Duty Free are much cheaper than in Russian,” the Russian woman shared.

    Turks are still good and friendly towards Russians and joyfully meet them in entertainment venues and attractions. Tourists from other countries, with whom the girl and her friend talked, never showed negativity or disdain on national grounds.

    The road to London through Grodno

    Student Olga Troyanova from St. Petersburg arrived in London in early August. In order to get to England when the airspace is closed, the girl had to spend several days on the road.

    year. Now, as far as I know, visas to the United Kingdom are extremely difficult to obtain. I had to travel by car to Belarus, then by train to Grodno, then by minibus to the border with Latvia, which I crossed on foot, and then again by train through several more countries,” Olga said.

    Only after reaching France, the girl managed to take a train to London. The first thing that has changed in the country and immediately caught my eye since last year’s visit by Troyanova is food and transport prices, which have risen significantly. Now, according to Olga, even renting a bike costs £1.5 more.

    By the way, I noticed that this time the numbers looked worse. Some shabby and dirty. Walking through old favorite places, I also noticed that everything had become somehow unkempt, ”she noted.

    According to the girl, there are many times fewer tourists from Russia in Britain – she connects this with the difficulties of obtaining visas. The British, as Olga notes, do not pay much attention to the Russians. Some are arrogant, while others are sympathetic. In general, according to her, it has always been like this – the girl did not meet much aggression.

    “The British themselves are not too emotional. Now local residents are more concerned about their own problems that need to be addressed. It can be seen from them that they are tired of the crisis, ”concluded the Russian woman.

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