Russians are an entrepreneurial lot. They’ve had to be over the decades.
People seeking asylum in Norway have taken to using bicycles to cross the border from Russia because pedestrian traffic is banned and drivers of vehicles are fined if they carry passengers across without the proper documents.
The numbers making that journey, many of them Syrians fleeing civil war, have increased dramatically in the last few weeks after governments in southern Europe cracked down on people trying to enter by that route.
More than 500 would-be asylum seekers have gathered in the Russian town of Nickel, the nearest big settlement to the border post, now they cannot cross into Norway.
“There are more than 500 of the Syrians here. They are continuing to flow into Nickel,” said a Reuters source in the town.
“The local shops are empty of bicycles. No bus or taxi will take the Syrians to Norway because they do not have valid visas and the drivers would be fined by the Norwegians and stripped of their permits to work on international routes.”
Seriously, there should be someone:
“Sergei, go steal 300 bicycles”
“What? Vova, have you lost your mind?”
“Da, go steal 300, 500 kiddie’s bikes. Get them up here, I can sell each one for 60,000 roubles”.
“OK, I’ll tell the boys. Alexi has a truck….”.
And why isn’t someone collecting those discarded rubber boats on Lesbos and reselling them in Turkey?