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Life in Georgia in a plastic bag2013-04-15 16:43
Today in Georgia it is hard to find a person who would not have believed that a change of government had led to a relative thaw in relations with the big neighbor, which, of course, is considered a positive factor. People are tired of tensions, inability to move and listen to Russian songs in Georgia freely. Relationships at a human level, as well as in trade, economy, are going right which is cheerfully welcomed by the farmers and producers. There are talks on visa regime facilitation. However, for Nina who wants to remain unnamed, nothing has changed. Her situation is exactly the same as five years ago.
Tbilisi. The territory of the Embassy of Switzerland. Interests Section of the Russian Federation. Right near the fence you can see a small "living" cellophane package, which turns out to be a makeshift tent. This is a home for a woman Nina for several years. Nina is a citizen of Georgia, she came here from Russia 40 years ago. Today she is a pensioner. A few years ago she lost her shelter in Georgia as a result of fraud by a distant relative. He fraudulently sold her possessions and left for Russia, having "forgetten" about Nina.
Thus Nina has found herself on the street. At first she lived in the city subways and doorways. Someone advised her to go to the Russian Consulate. And one day Nina came to the Interests Section of the Russian Federation in the Swiss Embassy. She asked for one thing - a visa. She wanted to go to Russia to find a man and make him return the money.
After several attempts, Nina received a visa to go to Russia. But the visa has been designed for a certain period - for three months. And at the end of its validity Nina was deported.
Today's demands of the pensioner Nina are reduced to the following: to obtain a long-term visa. She does not want to go back to Georgia. In Russia, according to Nina, she has a shelter. Nina told us that she has submitted countless number of requests. The same number of attempts were made by different people to help her.
- Are you here for a long time, outside the embassy?
- For the fifth year.
- How do you live? Do you receive a pension or benefit?
- This is a private matter of each person.
- When have you been to Russia for the last time?
- I came back again some days ago: they issued me wrong visa again.
- What do you want to get from Russian Mission?
- I want them to give me a proper visa. And they issue me wrong documents all the time. I wanna go to Russia, where I have an apartment.
- We have talked to your neighbors. There are those who offer you a shelter. Why don't you accept their help?