Russians Prefer Argentina’s 100% Inflation Over Putin’s War | reporting

In the verdant Parque de Las Heras, near downtown Buenos Aires, young mothers push baby carriages in the late summer heat while locals drink mate in the shade. The scene would be typical of any middle-class neighborhood in a South American capital, except for one thing: the mothers all speak Russian. They have been arriving en masse in Argentina since the invasion of Ukraine ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin a little over a year ago, many making the 16,000-kilometer journey, including stopovers, while pregnant. Despite continuous economic crises and inflation close to 100%, Argentina appears as a refuge from the war, the growing repression of dissent in its country and the rigid restrictions on the issuance of visas that affect Russian citizens in other parts of the world.

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