Vladimir Poluboyarenko has a last name that’s hard to pronounce for English-and Afrikaans-speaking South Africans, but in the past few months, the Christian activist and deputy ombudsman from Stavropol in Southern Russia has become a well-known figure in the “Rainbow Country”. In July of this year, the news about Poluboyarenko’s televised initiative to invite Boers and Afrikaners to resettle in Russia spread quickly, and was translated into English and Afrikaans. The agriculturalists and their relatives currently face the ever-present threat of murder on their family farms as well as attempts by the government to expropriate their land through new legislative measures. Since then, the activist has recorded several video messages addressing the Boers. In July Russian TV broke a story about Boers and Afrikaners potentially moving to Russia. Activists who are helping them to relocate get dozens of emails like the ones you see below.We were asked not to publish these people’s personal data for the sake of their safety and privacy pic.twitter.com/Vlzqi3fhbO — Denis Bolotsky (@BolotskySputnik) November 22, 2018 Even though the initiative to invite South Africans to Russia was a private one, it received support from entrepreneurs, Christian activists, the Orthodox Church and, eventually, from local officials in three Russian territories — one in the south and two in the central part of the country. Representatives of the Boer community visited Russia on several occasions this year to see for themselves the land that they will be able to rent or… Read full this story
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