Russians are cold. Here’s a stereotype we are all familiar with. Russians are not just physically cold (ah, the weather!), they are also fierce, ruthless, and always frowning. Have you ever heard about it? Well, I have. Thousands of times. Especially with regard to Moscow and its inhabitants, long considered as some of the coldest, most unwelcoming people in Europe. Does it ring a bell?

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Published in Pocket Stories blog
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 16:48

Sarwat Bashi

I was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1979. I am 37 years old, married and have a 7 year-old daughter. I graduated from Law in 2005, at the University of Aleppo. I specialized in human rights. In 2008, I was honored by the Syrian Bar Association as a Master Lawyer. In the same year, I published a book titled International Human Rights and Development that reflected the situation of countries in the Middle East. I am passionate about democracy, legal development and human rights and have written extensively on these topics.
The nature of my work has made me extremely sad that I work in the field of law in a state where the law is not applicable. Imprisonment, fines and tightened sanctions are only applied to vulnerable people, while senior thieves, embezzlers and murderers are not only above the law, but also occupy senior positions in the government. I believe that there is no hope in a state subjected to such strongly established dictatorship, controlling the country with bad governance and an endless chain of corruption and human rights violations.
Published in Our Migration Stories
 

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