Brazilians create journey company for former Soviet republics

Communist militant Cauê Araújo and professor Rodrigo Ianhez create a tourism company to introduce former Soviet republics to Brazilians. Leftist Brazilians, in fact. “From Comrade to Comrade”, as they printed. Nevertheless, Cauê ensures that the company will serve all these taken with his itineraries. The primary journeys are deliberate for the interval from March to Might this yr.

They steadily wish to attain 15 former Soviet republics (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan). And naturally the area the place East Germany was, which was dominated by the Soviets after World Warfare II. Sooner or later, they need to additionally supply journey to international locations nonetheless dominated by left-wing dictatorships, resembling China, North Korea — which Cauê calls “the very best Korea” — and Cuba.

Cauê Araújo is a member of the Communist Social gathering of Brazil (PCB), educated librarian, producer, supervisor of Ruptura Editorial in addition to Classe Esquerda, a political coaching web site that provides programs resembling “Marxist Feminism” and “Introduction to Revolutionary Marxism”. “, the latter was taught by Jones Manoel, one of many foremost names of the Brazilian radical left. Jones Manoel, by the best way, is a good friend of Cauê and receives his assist in making his movies on YouTube and has to take part in a number of journeys of the company as a specialist.

Rodrigo Ianhez is a historian who offers with the Soviet interval, graduated from Moscow State College (the town the place he lives since 2011) and has a web page known as “Guia Russia” on Twitter and Instagram. Rodrigo, who already works as a information and interpreter in former Soviet international locations, might be accountable for the didactic a part of the journey. Cauê additionally already is aware of the area, however will maintain the executive a part of the enterprise.

The thought for the journey company was born in November 2022. One other well-known identify that can take part within the excursions as an knowledgeable is Gustavo Nassar Gaiofato, who presents himself on social networks as “a communist who produces content material about historical past, politics and commentary at an much more absurd frequency .” He has a YouTube channel with 220,000 subscribers, “História Cabeluda”.

Caue at the monument of Russian-Georgian friendship on the Georgian military road between the town of Gudari and the Jvari pass.  Photo: Personal archive
Caue on the monument of Russian-Georgian friendship on the Georgian army highway between the city of Gudari and the Jvari cross. Picture: Private archive

A go to to the Stasi headquarters

The company’s first packages go to Germany, particularly to the area of the previous East Germany; Armenia and Georgia, the final two in a single journey package deal. The company intends to take 15 vacationers on one journey and every journey ought to final 15 days. Cauê guarantees that his workforce will maintain the whole lot: flights to the international locations, lodging, transportation alongside the itineraries and a vacationer and historic information.

Cauê additionally ensures that vacationers can have contact with the inhabitants of every nation and listen to from them the way it actually was through the occasions of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). On this regard, he discreetly admits that the expertise could be with those that miss the USSR: “For those who hear about Brazil from a Bolsonarian, the attitude is one. For those who hear it from somebody like me, the attitude is totally different.”

Town of Gori in Georgia stands out within the journey itinerary. It’s the birthplace of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Situated 86 kilometers west of the nation’s capital Tbilisi, the town is house to the Josef Stalin Museum, which shows objects from the dictator’s life, the home the place he was born and lived till he was seven, in addition to an armored practice automobile that traveled in World Warfare II . In Berlin, Germany, vacationers go to the previous headquarters of the Stasi — East Germany’s secret police — now house to the Stasimuseum, a museum and analysis middle on the political system of Communist Germany.

Museum dedicated to Joseph Stalin in Gori (Georgia), his hometown.  Joseph Stalin led the Soviet Union from the 1920s to 1953. Photo: Bigstock
Museum devoted to Joseph Stalin in Gori (Georgia), his hometown. Joseph Stalin led the Soviet Union from the Twenties to 1953. Picture: Bigstock

Along with Soviet monuments, the duo additionally needs to take vacationers to pure beauties and different historic monuments from the pre-communist period and inform crucial historic landmarks of particular person international locations. An instance will be the King Vakhtang sizzling springs in Tbilisi, Georgia. And Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, one of many oldest cities on this planet and the primary to undertake Christianity as its official faith, in 301 AD

Purple Star

Russia and Ukraine are off the charts for now due to the battle. Germany, Armenia and Georgia have probably the most journey forms, however none require a visa for Brazilians. As well as, it’s essential to take out journey insurance coverage. Alternatively, when the company operates excursions to North Korea, it is going to be crucial to ascertain a partnership with the dictatorship there. The assistance of an area information would even be important, a necessity that might be repeated in China as effectively.

Romania and Bulgaria are anticipated to hitch the company’s listing of locations within the second half of this yr, which nonetheless doesn’t have an official identify however is prone to be known as the Purple Star, in homage to the image current on most Soviet monuments. In 2024, China must be a part of the locations.

Cauê and Rodrigo haven’t but outlined the costs of the packages they’ll supply – however a flight to Tbilisi can presently price as much as R$11,500 and a visit to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia round R$30,000. As they’re nonetheless coping with the formalities of opening an organization, they like to not disclose worth estimates, as ticket costs change quickly. However the excursions have to go away from São Paulo and so they intend to rent somebody to accompany vacationers within the metropolis.

Because it seems, journeys to former Soviet territories will not be low-cost in any respect. However Cauê ensures that his company will attempt to supply pleasant costs. “And we pays in as many installments as potential.” But past the attain of the buying energy of most Brazilians.

The journeys are scheduled to begin between March and Might because the founders take care of the forms of opening a enterprise. “Brazil is excellent for giant enterprise. The small ones are left behind,” regrets Cauê, who hopes that issues will enhance for small entrepreneurs with the presidency of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT). Nevertheless, Lula’s legacy is that because of massive loans from BNDES (Nationwide Financial institution for Financial and Social Improvement), he elected nice businessmen as his nationwide champions.

A cell on display at the Stasi Museum in Leipzig, Germany/Photo: BigStock
A cell on show on the Stasi Museum in Leipzig, Germany/Picture: BigStock

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