Hundreds of Russians come every year to give birth in the United States so that their child can receive American citizenship. Reported by the Associated Press. According to the agency, Russians most often choose South Florida for childbirth (there is a sufficient number of Russian-speaking population), spending on travel, documents and staying in the clinic from $ 20,000 to $ 50,000. The agency calls this phenomenon the boom of “maternity tourism”.
It is noted that the main reason for this is the receipt of the “benefits” of a US passport, which the citizen of the Russian Federation does not give them. For example, US citizens can visit 185 countries without a visa, while Russians are only 119. Moreover, when a child reaches 21 years of age, he can apply for a green card for his parents. Another reason is the high level of medicine, which differs from the “gloomy” hospitals in the homeland.
AP communicated with Russian Olga Zemlyanoy, who went to give birth in the United States. She said that she spent about $ 30 thousand on the trip. This money would not be enough for an apartment for a child, but “we can give him (child) approx. Freedom,” she explained. Another Russian woman, Svetlana Mokerova, said that she likes to appeal to those who gave birth in hospitals – in the USA they are at least called “moms”, and not “women in labor”, as in the Russian Federation.
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Trump lifted new sanctions against the DPRK
US President Donald Trump likes DPRK chairman Kim Jong-un – so the White House lifted additional sanctions against Pyongyang, spokesman for the American leader Sarah Sanders said.
President Trump likes Chairman Kim Jong-un, and he does not think that these sanctions will be necessary. – Sarah Sanders, American politician
Earlier, Trump tweeted about the abolition of certain restrictive measures against North Korea, without specifying, however, which ones.
“The US Treasury announced that additional large-scale sanctions would be added to those already existing in relation to the DPRK. Today I ordered to lift these additional sanctions, ”the head of the White House said.
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German Foreign Minister considered it right to bomb Yugoslav NATO
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We then saw evidence of human rights violations up to the massacres, and therefore NATO intervention was correct. I don’t even want to think that there would still happen if no one intervened. – Heiko Maas, German politician
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Now we are entering a new band of peculiar competition with leading space powers in relation to future manned programs, including in deep space. – Dmitry Rogozin, Russian politician
Eight South American countries have created a new regional bloc.
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“This will be a forum with a firm and clear commitment to democracy, freedom and respect for human rights,” said Chilean President Sebastian Piner after the signing ceremony.
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We are ready to provide the assistance of the United States, which is within our means. Chinese colleagues are also tuned. – Zamir Kabulov, Russian diplomat
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This shows how closely we work with the United States. This will strengthen the expanded US presence in Poland. – Jens Stoltenberg, Norwegian politician
US imposed sanctions against Venezuela
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US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said the country’s authorities “turned BANDES into a way to withdraw money abroad in an attempt to support Maduro.” The assets of the bank and legal entities associated with it will be blocked in the United States. American companies will not be allowed to have common business with them.
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“The New Silk Road will not be a one-way street. The Chinese side wants bilateral trade and a bilateral flow of investments, ”the PRC leader emphasized.
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The European Union has demanded the release of the Ukrainian Grib convicted in Russia
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“The European Union expects Pavel Grib to be released immediately and he will be given access to the special medical treatment he needs,” the report says.
The European Union said that in August 2017, Grib was kidnapped in Belarus, and then “illegally detained in Russia without any substantiated charges”.
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The Pentagon is developing analogue R2-D2 from Star Wars
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In Kamchatka, marines master dog sledding and sledding.
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“An experienced Qaur told about the possibility of using sled dogs in military service and showed in practice how comfortable and maneuverable teams are with a deep snow cover,” said the head of the information department of the Pacific Fleet press service for the Pacific Fleet, Nikolai Voskresensky, 2nd rank captain.
Medvedev sent sailing expedition to Antarctica
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In Tatarstan, state employees were banned from charging phones at work
On Friday, March 22, information appeared in the Internet that in the Baltasinsky district of Tatarstan, teachers were forbidden to charge personal equipment in the workplace and even use electric kettles. Thus, local officials intend to reduce electricity consumption.
Drivers in Moscow are looking for ways not to pay for parking
Metropolitan motorists have found a new way not to pay for parking and fines of photo-recording cameras, closing the rear number of the car with a sign with the words TAXI.
Aeroflot will cancel the cheapest baggage fares
From April 2, the Russian airline Aeroflot will cancel the cheapest tickets with luggage. We are talking about the “Economy Budget” tariff, the cost of which is 12–30% cheaper than other categories, including baggage transportation.
In Komi, a pensioner who donated all his savings to the orphanage died
A resident of the village of Aikino (Komi Republic), 86, Yevgeny Popov, who last year donated all his savings to the orphanage – 1 million rubles, died. This was announced on Friday, March 22, by the portal of the regional center for social services.
“On the 87th year, a veteran of pedagogical work, an excellent education worker, and a philanthropist, Yevgeny Vasilyevich Popov, passed away,” the report says.
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Montenegro has increased the period of visa-free stay for Russians
The Montenegrin authorities extended the period of visa-free stay of Russian citizens in the territory of the republic to 90 days. By decision of the government of the country, a three-month period of visa-free will be valid during the tourist season – from April 15 to October 31.
A tanker from Venezuela with gasoline arrived in the Mexican port of Veracruz
A tanker from Venezuela with gasoline arrived in the Mexican port of Veracruz, reports Excelsior. A ship called Sandino flying the Panamanian flag on March 6 went to Mexico from the west of Venezuela, where the large processing plant PDVSA Amuay is located and arrived in Veracruz on March 20.