Russia has surfaced plans to build villages for conservative Americans who want to emigrate to a “Christian country” and are fed up with liberal American ideology.


Veterans salute during a military parade marking the 78th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory in the Great Patriotic War in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 9, 2023. Russia's second-largest city, St. Petersburg, will hold a series of events on Tuesday, including a military parade and concerts, to mark the 78th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory in the Great Patriotic War.

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  • Russia is building villages for American expatriates who are fed up with liberal ideology, a lawyer told state media.

  • The project has been approved and is expected to house about 200 American and Canadian families.

  • In recent years, Russia has sought to position itself as a bastion of “traditional” moral values.

Russia has floated the idea of ​​building villages for hundreds of American and Canadian families wanting to escape the cultural climate of North America.

A village to be built on the outskirts of Moscow in 2024, Immigration lawyer Timur Beslangulov said on Thursday that the scheme is aimed at conservative families who want to emigrate “for ideological reasons.” According to RIA Novosti.

About 200 families have expressed interest in the project, state media reported, Beslanglov said in a speech at a legal forum in St. Petersburg.

Many of these families have no Russian roots, but are fed up with “radical values” in the United States and Canada, Beslanglov said.

“Now they have 70 genders and we don’t know what happens next,” RIA Novosti added. Russian President Vladimir Putin has used the same rhetoric frequently as US-Russia relations have deteriorated over the past few years. In December 2021, he Gender mismatch was compared to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of the foreigners who want to settle in the village are Catholics and “strongly believe in the prediction that Russia will remain the only Christian country in the world,” Beslanglov said.

According to state media, Beslangulov added that authorities had given permission to plan the village, and new settlers would pay for the construction.

Insiders were unable to independently verify Beslanglov’s claims. The attorney, contacted by an insider, said the project was underway but declined to provide further details.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment sent outside normal business hours.

In recent years, Putin has tried to portray Russia as a country that embodies “traditional” moral, social and religious values.

he signed the decree in September The statement warned of a “fight for cultural supremacy” on the world stage and “the aggressive imposition of neoliberal views by many countries”.

The law says Russia is in a “unique position” to defend and promote conservative views, which the decree calls “traditional Russian moral and religious values.”

The village project comes at a time when Russia’s war on Ukraine and the resulting international sanctions have damaged Russia’s reputation among tourists and foreigners. Japan Tourism Agency announced in February Business downturn below pre-pandemic levels since the invasion began.

However, the Federal Marshals Service claimed on May 3: More foreigners are expected to enter the country this year. According to the report, the influx of foreigners to Russia in the first quarter of 2023 increased by 17.6% compared to the same period in 2022.

People from China and Central Asian countries such as Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan contributed to the biggest increase in travel to Russia, the state agency added.

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