Can A Foreigner Open An Account In A Russian Bank? Do I Feel Safe In Moscow? Visiting Monastery…

Ania K is a Polish-born writer and YouTube vlogger. She seems to me to be just a normal person who pursues a curiosity and shares the experience. But of course, Ania K may be a Kremlin operative, a Tokyo Rose, a Mata Hari.

In that case, God save the American empire from Ania K’s evil!

For my part, Ania K seems genuine and her videos are interesting. This one was made relevant by a recent post in the Forum which claimed that the Russian banking system is collapsing.

11 thoughts on “Can A Foreigner Open An Account In A Russian Bank? Do I Feel Safe In Moscow? Visiting Monastery…

  1. According to what she says at the 11:22 mark “you can not transfer any money from a foreign bank.” You can open an account, presumably if you bring in cash I suppose, but you can’t transfer money from your home bank into a Russian bank.

    I am sure Russian banks are deliriously happy to open an account for a tourist to bring in cash. I doubt they object to Russians making deposits either.

    It reminds me of a comedian I once heard, talking about the problems he had opening a bank account. They asked him endless questions: “how many transactions per month do you anticipate; do you wish to maintain a certain balance; who can make withdrawals; etc. etc. etc.” He was getting pretty fed up with the process, but then they asked him, “who can make deposits?” ??? The thought for a moment and said, “ANY DAMN BODY WHO WANTS TO!”

    As for there being so few homeless people on the streets of Moscow, I’m told there are no homeless people on the streets of North Korea either. I don’t see that as an indicator of a “happy population” and I don’t see accepting deposits as an indicator of an “untroubled banking system.”

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    1. RE: “According to what she says at the 11:22 mark ‘you can not transfer any money from a foreign bank.'”

      Does this seem strange to you? That Russian banks are not integrated with Western banks is a consequence of Western sanctions. It is not a sign that the Russian banking system is collapsing. Quite the reverse, in fact, since Russian banks are willing to accept cash deposits made in Western currency.

      Russian banks couldn’t do that if they were collapsing.

      RE: “…I’m told there are no homeless people on the streets of North Korea either.”

      Are you told there are no homeless people on the streets of San Fransisco, or Philadelphia, too? Please try to apply a modicum of logic.

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      1. No. It does not seem strange at all that Russian banks are willing to accept cash deposits in Western currency. They are, in fact, begging for Western currency. The ruble is tanking.

        There are no homeless people on the streets of totalitarian governments because “work” is found for them in prison camps. Logic is not your strong suit.

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        1. RE: “The ruble is tanking.”

          So what? Do you know what it means to say that it takes more rubles to buy a dollar or a euro today than it did a year ago? It doesn’t mean a thing when ruble holders don’t need dollars or euros to buy things they want.

          This idea that Western currencies are the necessary basis for world trade is an arrogant myth.

          Ir saddens me that you can’t accept Ania K’s video at face value.To witness such a strong reaction to such a trivial thing is disheartening.

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          1. The ruble is tanking, so what. So what?? Well nothing other than it’s going to cost Pootie a lot more rubles to buy weapons from Iran. Nobody cares what it will cost ordinary Russians to buy foreign goods.

            There is no world currency, but there are reserve currencies that are used in transactions by central banks, corporations, and governments. The U.S. dollar is the world’s most widely used reserve currency, not the ruble.

            Ania K said she could open a bank account but “you can not transfer any money from a foreign bank.” What part of that can you not accept?

            Ania K said she saw very few homeless people on the streets of Moscow. Have you not heard that men are fleeing Russia in large numbers to avoid the draft? Have you not heard that the Wagner Group is emptying Russian prisons to fill the ranks of their army? (An almost certain death sentence: https://www.newsweek.com/bakhmut-battle-wagner-group-heavy-losses-isw-1770075)
            Why would you think any homeless person would make an appearance on the streets of Moscow?

            Don’t be sad. I accept Ania K’s reporting at face value. As usual, it’s you who are totally misinterpreted what she is saying.

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          2. RE: “The U.S. dollar is the world’s most widely used reserve currency, not the ruble.”

            Some are predicting that will change soon.

            RE: “As usual, it’s you who are totally misinterpreted what she is saying.”

            No. Ania K points out that Russian banks accept deposits of western currencies that are made in cash. Your comment that Russia does so because it is desperate for Western currencies is the misrepresentation.

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          3. And some are predicting Martians will invade Earth one day.

            If we get another George W, yes, the dollar could fall. But not to the ruble.

            If the Russians are so happy about not being allowed to transfer money into their banks from foreign accounts, why would they let a tourist deposit foreign money? “Get those dirty old foreign dollars out of our perfectly strong banks.” No! Of course they want people to deposit foreign dollars into their banks!

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      2. “Are you told there are no homeless people on the streets of San Fransisco, or Philadelphia, too?”

        There are homeless people on the streets of Virginia Beach. I have not seen anyone say there are no homeless people on the streets of any American city. If you have been, it is just further proof that you buy into BS and then spread it like cow piss.

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          1. There are currently few homeless people on the streets of Moscow because most of them are on the frontlines in Ukraine, with no training, no weapons, no proper cold-weather gear, being used as cannon fodder for the Wagner Group.

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          2. I was replying to YOUR statement about not hearing about homeless people on the streets of US cities. YOU brought it up. YOU made the statement

            SO I return the question to you. “What the hell are YOU talking about?”

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