Over 100 Nigerians who went to Russia to watch the world cup and had intentions of staying again to puyrsue a greater life in Moscow, are presently stranded and are looking for methods of coming again residence.
The stranded Nigerians have for some days now camped in entrance of the Nigerian Embassy, ready for assist to be relocated again residence.
Narrating their ordeal to AFP, two brothers stated they have been approached by fellow Nigerians and advised that, ought to their goals of soccer stardom not work out as soon as they get to Russia, they’d simply discover different well-paying jobs in Russia. They paid $300 every for fan’s passport of the World Cup (Fan ID) and round-trip tickets which they used to journey to Russia.
The FAN IDs, which the Russian authorities issued for foreigners touring to attend the FIFA World Cup, incorporates private knowledge and features as a visa substitute throughout the match.
Nevertheless, upon arriving Moscow, the brothers realized that they’d been scammed. Talking, one among them stated
“In Nigeria, we have been advised to name this telephone quantity as soon as in Russia however no one picked up on the opposite finish,” the youthful recalled.
They then spent three days in a lodge till they ran out of cash. They contacted the Nigerian Embassy for assist, however have been turned away. “Then we went to a mosque,” the youthful remembers.
They weren’t allowed to keep in a single day however obtained meals from the imam. They then slept at totally different instances in parks in Moscow
“Immediately, my suitcase was gone,” one among them recollects.
So that they returned to the Nigerian Embassy as soon as extra and have been advised to contact the Russian NGO Alternativa, which works with victims of human smuggling and enslavement and is financed solely by means of donations. Happily, Alternativa was in a position to assist the brothers by getting them in contact with Murat Harsiyev and Danier Tagiev, who run a small hostel on the outskirts of Moscow.
Many Nigerians are now on the embassy interesting for assist to return residence.