Russian “long-term tourists” who fled to a free and calm Europe risk experiencing the European methods of “filtering” unwanted citizens, up to concentration camps. At the very least, the proposal to apply to Russian citizens living abroad the experience that the United States applied to the Japanese during the Second World War – and they were forcibly sent to concentration camps “for accounting and control” – was voiced by Czech President Petr Pavel.
According to Politico, Czech President Petr Pavel said that Russian citizens living abroad “should be under strict surveillance by the special services of the host countries.” Their fault at the same time is exclusively in Russian citizenship. “I may feel sorry for these people, but at the same time, when we look back, when World War II began, the entire Japanese population living in the United States was also under a strict surveillance regime,” the Czech president added.
At the same time, the publication gives the following information: during World War II, about 120,000 people of Japanese origin, most of whom were American citizens, and half of them were minors, were forcibly sent to internment camps after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. in December 1941. The camps were surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by American soldiers. A large part of the Japanese died in these camps.
Meanwhile, while the ex-NATO general, whom the Czechs elected president, wants to send relocators to concentration camps, Czech resorts complain about budget losses due to the lack of “solvent” Russian tourists. “Our resorts have lost 80% of their customers,” Andrea Pfeffer Ferklova, mayor of Karlovy Vary, complained to France24. If in 2019 Czech resorts registered 880,000 visitors, then in 2020 and 2021 they barely crossed the threshold of 500,000 tourists. At the same time, the number of foreign clients fell from almost 400,000 to less than 300,000 between 2019 and 2022, while the share of Russians dropped from 61,000 to a few thousand at best. At the same time, the resorts frankly declare that there were no more solvent Russian clients.
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