Several celebrities and liberal politicians have threatened to move to Canada if Donald Trump becomes president, but Vladimir Putin would like American political refugees to consider moving to Russia instead.
Putin is offering 2.5 acres and citizenship to any Americans fleeing a Donald Trump presidency who would be willing to live in Russia’s remote Far East for at least his first term.
Like the United States 19th century western land rush, the Russian Homestead Act was designed to lure hardy settlers and political asylum seekers to help settle the largely undeveloped region.
Russia is looking for millions of brave settlers to start their own farms, private businesses, forestry or game hunting enterprises or thrill seeking adventures. Approved adventurers can pick out their own free plots of land from an online map, according to RT News.
It’s easier than moving to Canada’s Cape Breton Isle where American asylum seekers fleeing a Donald Trump presidency would have to apply for a visa, find a job, and deal with the high cost of living.
In Russia, political refugees would be able to live tax-free for five years while they developed their land and families are encouraged; a household of five Americans fleeing Trump would get more than 12 acres of free property.
Be warned, however, the area in question has minimal infrastructure so settlers will have to hike in their own lattes.
Stretching from Siberia to the Artic, the area encompasses 3.9 million square miles but is home to only 7.4 million people, that’s about three people per square mile. The area boasts hundreds of miles of rolling hills, soaring mountain ranges and acres of pristine wilderness.
American political refugees fleeing Donald Trump can apply for free land in the Kamchatka, Primorye, Khabarovsk, Amur, Magadan, and Sakhalin regions, the republic of Sakha, or the Jewish and Chukotka autonomous districts, according to Mother Nature Network.
Winter there can be cold with temperatures falling to -47 degrees Fahrenheit, but summer time brings comfortable temperatures averaging 64 degrees. Outdoor lovers can enjoy miles of untouched forests, relax in hot springs or hike along the crater of a volcano.
The Russian government recommends settlers gather in groups of 200 to 300 and promises to build at least basic infrastructure for groups of 20 land owners.
Settlers who qualify for the free land will have five years to prove they can survive the harsh conditions before being given full control of their 2.5 acres to either continue living on their property, rent it out or sell it to the highest bidder.
The Russian government is hoping the offer of free land will help entice 36 million people to help settle the undeveloped region where Chinese firms are already starting to stake their claim.
Some 90 million Chinese look greedily at the vast supplies of oil, gas, and timber just across the border, and Putin hopes the Homestead Act will draw settlers to the area to help Russia maintain control of its Far East territory.
For those American political refugees who are prepared to move to Canada if Donald Trump becomes president, it might be worth it to consider free land in Russian instead.
Top Reasons to move to Russia
Protection from falling space rocks – Russia may be the first country to develop a meteor shield to protect its citizens from falling asteroids. About every 50 years, the country is hit by falling space rocks.
Rebuilding after the zombie apocalypse – Russia is building a Noah’s Ark DNA database of every living thing in the world.
Lots of space; Russia is bigger than Pluto – The country is home to 20 percent of the world’s fresh water contained in Lake Baikal and 25 percent of the world’s forests.
Dating is easier – In Russia, there are 9 million more women than men.
Expanded McDonald’s options – Russia is the only country with McShrimp.
Celebrate New Years Eve twice – Russia celebrates New Year’s on Dec. 31 and Old New Year’s, on the Julian calendar, Jan. 13.
No more body shaming – In Russia, the same word means both “get healthier” and “get fatter.”
Grammar is less complicated – The Russian language doesn’t need a subject and verb to complete a sentence meaning “Cat.” And “Was running.” are both complete sentences.
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