A young scientist has been charged with “smuggling” for buying at a Russian flea market and then trying to leave Russia with some old bank notes, coins, and medals:
Three early 20th century bank notes she bought and a 1924 coin she was given drew the smuggling charge, for which Contreras could be sentenced to three to seven years in prison in convicted, said the lawyer, Alexei Andreyeshev.
Contreras, a graduate student in physics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is also charged with the illegal acquisition of official documents and state awards, which carries a fine of up to $3,100.
The growth of bizarre nationalism in Russia is very worrisome. (It’s worrisome everywhere, the US certainly not excepted, but it’s been taking an exceptionally aggressive tone in Russia lately.)