Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

“My car is missing its license plate. I know what this means in Russia: I am being followed.”

Posted by Info on 23/05/2011

I called my friend: “Marinka, what do I do if my license plate has been unscrewed from my car?”

“Look through the car,” Marina answers gravely. “They could have planted a gun, drugs or extremist literature. But I wouldn’t particularly worry about explosives. They don’t usually blow up journalists.”

In conversations like these, “THEY” always means the same thing: the security services, the government, the ones in power.

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