Safe in Moscow, but the dream of going home
Published time: 21 Jul, 2006 06:49 Edited time: 21 Jul, 2006 10:49
Russia’s government has been working round the clock to rescue those stranded in the Middle East, 250 Russians returning to Moscow aboard two government planes on Friday.
Nearly 1,400 Russians and citizens of former Soviet republics have arrived back in the motherland. Five aircraft were used to carry them home. Many Russians returning from
have mixed emotions about their escape. Russia Today correspondent Yulia Shapovalova met sister and brother Maya and Ramy Saneh, greeted at Lebanon airport by Dmitry Protasov, their Lebanese father’s friend. Dmitry had waited two days for the young Sanehs, not knowing which flight would bring them to Moscow .The youngsters’ Russian mother and Lebanese father first met 20 years ago, as students in Moscow . The children speak fluent Russian, though they have spent all their lives in Moscow . When the Israeli attacks started, the family knew exactly where to send Maya and Ramy. But despite the bombs, they said, they did not want to leave their land. Now, they hope to return home as soon as the conflict is over. In a couple of days, though, they move to Lebanon to visit their Russian grandmother and be reunited with their mother, already there. Astrakhan