Communist militant Cauê Araújo and Professor Rodrigo Ianhez are establishing a vacationer company to introduce Brazilians to the previous Soviet republics. To the Brazilians of the left, in fact. “Companion to mate,” as they marketed. Nonetheless, Cauê ensures that the company will serve anybody keen on its itineraries. The primary journeys are deliberate for the interval between March and Could of this yr.
Progressively they intend to hitch the 15 former Soviet republics (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan). And, in fact, the area the place East Germany was, dominated by the Soviets after WWII. Sooner or later, they need to additionally provide journeys to nations nonetheless dominated by leftist dictatorships, reminiscent of China, North Korea — which Cauê calls “the very best Korea” — and Cuba.
Cauê Araújo is a member of the Brazilian Communist Occasion (PCB), coaching librarian, producer, supervisor of Ruptura Editorial and likewise of Classe Esquerda, a political coaching web site that provides programs reminiscent of “Marxist Feminism” and “Introduction to Revolutionary Marxism” , the latter the latter being taught by Jones Manoel, one of many main names within the Brazilian radical left.Jones Manoel, by the way in which, is a buddy of Cauê and receives his assist to document his movies on YouTube, and should take part in a number of journeys of the company as a specialist.
Rodrigo Ianhez is a historian who offers with the Soviet interval, he graduated from Moscow State College (the town the place he has lived since 2011) and has a web page referred to as “Guia Russia” on Twitter and Instagram. The didactic a part of the journey might be managed by Rodrigo, who already works as a tour information and interpreter within the nations of the previous Soviet Union. Cauê additionally already is aware of the area, however will handle the executive a part of the corporate.
The concept of the vacationer company was born in November 2022. One other well-known identify who will take part within the journeys as an skilled is Gustavo Nassar Gaiofato, who presents himself on social media as “a communist who produces content material on historical past, politics and feedback on nonsense much more frequent. He has a YouTube channel with 220,000 subscribers, “História Cabeluda”.
Go to to the Stasi headquarters
The company’s first packages are supposed for Germany, extra particularly for the area of former East Germany; Armenia and Georgia, the latter two in a single journey bundle. The company intends to take 15 vacationers per journey and every journey is predicted to final 15 days. Cauê guarantees that his group will handle all the things: tickets to the cities, lodging, transport on the itineraries and vacationer and historic information.
Cauê additionally ensures that vacationers could have contact with the residents of every nation and can hear from them what it was actually like within the days of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). On this regard, he discreetly admits that the experiences can be with those that miss the USSR: «If you happen to hear about Brazil from a Bolsonarist, there is just one perspective. If you happen to hear that from somebody like me, the view is totally different.
The town of Gori, in Georgia, stands out within the journey itinerary. It’s the birthplace of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Positioned 86 kilometers west of the nation’s capital, Tbilisi, the town is house to the Josef Stalin Museum, which reveals objects from the lifetime of the dictator, the home the place he was born and lived till the age of seven, in addition to an armored automobile that traveled Throughout the Second World Struggle. In Berlin, Germany, vacationers will go to the previous headquarters of the Stasi, the East German secret police, the place the Stasimuseum, a museum and analysis heart on Communist Germany’s political system, is now positioned.
Along with Soviet monuments, the duo additionally desires to take vacationers to pure magnificence and different historic monuments from earlier than the communists, and inform about a very powerful historic landmarks of every nation. An instance can be King Vakhtang Sizzling Springs in Tbilisi, Georgia. And Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, one of many oldest cities on the planet and the primary to undertake Christianity as an official faith, in 301 AD
For now, Russia and Ukraine are off the charts because of conflict. For Germany, Armenia and Georgia, journey bureaucracies are the most typical, however none require a visa for Brazilians. As well as, you could additionally take out journey insurance coverage. However, when the company travels to North Korea, will probably be vital to ascertain a partnership with the nation’s dictatorship. It could even be essential to have the assistance of an area information, a requirement that will even be repeated in China.
Within the second half of this yr, Romania and Bulgaria ought to be a part of the company’s record of locations, which nonetheless has no official identify, however will most likely be referred to as the Pink Star, in homage to the image current on most Soviet monuments . In 2024, China ought to be among the many locations.
Thus far, Cauê and Rodrigo haven’t outlined the costs of the packages they’ll provide, however a flight to Tbilisi can at present value as much as R$11,500 and a bundle tour to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia round R$30,000. As they’re nonetheless coping with the corporate’s opening formalities, they like to not disclose worth estimates, as ticket costs change quickly. However the journeys are to begin from São Paulo they usually intend to rent somebody to accompany the vacationers to the metropolis.
Apparently, journey to the previous Soviet territories will not be low cost in any respect. However Cauê ensures that his company will attempt to provide pleasant costs. “And we pays as many installments as potential.” Nonetheless, out of attain of the buying energy of most Brazilians.
Journey is predicted to begin between March and Could because the founders are coping with the forms of beginning an organization. “Brazil is superb for large businessmen. The small ones are deserted”, regrets Cauê, who hopes that issues will enhance for small entrepreneurs with the presidency of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT). Lula’s legacy, however, is to elect nice businessmen as its nationwide champions due to giant loans from the BNDES (Nationwide Financial institution for Financial and Social Growth).