I remember those times and see them coming back. The simplest, although the most sensitive element (for the average layman, was the “visa regime”. It meant one thing: a person cannot move where he wants without special permission from the authorities. In order to go abroad, a Soviet person must first was to obtain an "exit visa".
There was such a body, it was called - "OVIR". He functioned in the system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and it was here that they decided whether to give an exit visa or not. The longest queues were in this body.
The lucky ones, who received the "go-ahead" at the OVIR, submitted documents to foreign embassies in order to obtain an "entry visa". It seemed that those days were gone forever. But no!!! Here I will stop on Ukraine. They say that the citizens of Ukraine received a "visa-free regime". But it is not so. For example, in countries such as the United States, Great Britain, a visa is required. That is, these states are practically directly involved in the war between Ukraine and Russia, they are its main strategic partners, and the “visa regime” has not been lifted.
Today, EU leaders are deciding whether to return the Iron Curtain for Russian citizens or not? Although, this fact alone of bringing this issue to a decision means one thing - the times of the Iron Curtain are returning.
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