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'A matter of life & death’: 15,000 white South African farmers seek refuge in Russia

NarrowBandFtw

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Source: https://www.rt.com/business/432375-russia-south-africa-farmers/
A delegation of 30 South African farming families has arrived in Russia's farmbelt Stavropol region, Rossiya 1 TV channel reports. The group says it is facing violent attacks and death threats at home.
Up to 15,000 Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa, are planning to move to Russia amid rising violence stemming from government plans to expropriate their land, according to the delegation.

“It's a matter of life and death — there are attacks on us. It's got to the point where the politicians are stirring up a wave of violence,” Adi Slebus told the media. "The climate here [in the Stavropol region] is temperate, and this land is created by God for farming. All this is very attractive.”
 

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Doesn't really belong in the farm attacks thread though it is related, apologies if anyone differs in opinion on that.

Curiously, if RT and Rossiya 1 TV are both directly connected to Putin's mouth and nothing more, is this the beginning of a message being sent to 'ol Cyril or just Putin doing his part to make land grabs go smoother over here?
 

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Ironic if true seeing Afrikaans farmers running to Russia. The commies the Nats warned us about at every turn during apartheid.
 

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Awesome. Hope they get taken in and get to do what they do best in peace.
Can't imagine what it must be like to live as a farmer in this sh*thole given the things these communities have been exposed to.
Interesting that it's Russia though, one would have thought Australia, Argentina or something.
 

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Ironic if true seeing Afrikaans farmers running to Russia. The commies the Nats warned us about at every turn during apartheid.
That was my first thought, it is also where our ANC Politicians run to when poisoned, where some of them received military training. Interesting choice of place, what happened to Australia?
 

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That was my first thought, it is also where our ANC Politicians run to when poisoned, where most of them received military training. Interesting choice of place, what happened to Australia?
Probably publicity taking advantage that the spotlight is currently on Russia due to the worldcup - a bit stupid though is that's what they're trying to do as the lights are trained on the football & Russia want it that way for their own PR.
 

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Clearly the ANC inherited its policy confusion from the Russians. Didn't Putin and Zuma cover this topic back in the day?
 

NarrowBandFtw

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Why Russia? Worldcup fever, and they just decided to go over.
Apparently Russia is on a huge drive to boost agriculture and be less dependent on imports, handing out free farmland to citizens who are willing to do the job. Makes sense in that context to welcome foreigners who are skilled farmers.

Well that and ... the hot babes! :D
 

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Ironic if true seeing Afrikaans farmers running to Russia. The commies the Nats warned us about at every turn during apartheid.
Russia's government isn't infested with commies like this place. Their constitution has better protections for property rights than this $hithole.
 

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Apparently Russia is on a huge drive to boost agriculture and be less dependent on imports, handing out free farmland to citizens who are willing to do the job. Makes sense in that context to welcome foreigners who are skilled farmers.
Due to global warming, there are less ice covered areas in Russia. Countries like South Africa and Australia the ground moistures are drying up. Thus making Russian soil perfect for agriculture.
 

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If the politicians keep this up then this might just be the answer for the farmers to seek refugee at countries that would not threaten them with violence and death.
 

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Would they allow our Deputy President DD and Zuma to visit them when they are there for their check-up?
 
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