Canadian Law and Policy
Sweden's former prime minister Goran Person once described Kaliningrad this way: "It is heavily polluted. There are illnesses there like AIDS and tuberculosis. There is atomic waste. You find almost every imaginable problem in Kaliningrad."
I have a very amusing anecdote from a recent visit to Zelenogradsk in the Kaliningrad region. Everywhere you go in public, there are small groups of young un-employed Russian men drinking all day long. I asked my mother-in-law what they do for a living, and she replied'there are no jobs, they are hanging around looking for opportunities'. That evening I suggested I would go and pick up milk and butter at the store, and she got mad at me. 'Those young men looking for opportunities? YOU are the opportunity they are looking for. Do not speak English in the streets, or go out alone at any time'.
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