Russians send an SOS from paradise

Thursday 2 April 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local


Russians send an SOS from paradise
Andzei Kliuchnikov, Natalia Rodionova and Vladimiz Rodionov at the Rarotonga International Airport. 20033006

Four stranded Russian tourists have sent an SOS – by YouTube! The group on Rarotonga have found the lighter side of the coronavirus crisis in a bid to keep their spirits alive.

Vladimiz Rodionov, Natalia Rodionova, Yazoslav Rodionov and Andzei Kliuchnikov have made a 1.35 minute video clip on what to do when you are “prisoners in paradise”.

The music video, starring the beautiful beaches and lagoon, comes with some dance moves to the latest English-Spanish language song “Uno”, recorded by Russian rave group Little Big.

They are also promoting hygiene practices such as wearing masks in the video clip.

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The visitors say “in life there are situations that do not depend on us, there are several options on how to react to them!”

“We choose a positive attitude and believe everything will be fine.”

Andzei Kliuchnikov said they arrived into Rarotonga on March 14 after visiting Australia and they got stuck here after New Zealand closed its borders to foreign travellers.

“While we wait for help from our country, or maybe from New Zealand or the Cook Islands government, we are very grateful of how nice, polite and accommodating people here have been to us,” he said. “

We did not get any negative comment, there are a lot of people who came to us in the streets and said ‘hi or kia orana’ and asked if we were stuck and need some help.

They were staying at the Edgewater resort, he said, which had kindly discounted their accommodation.

“We really need to get back to our motherland for work as we don’t have much money left on us but we don’t know how long it will take. We just need to keep our hopes high and hopefully we are able to get on the flight soon.”

Kliuchnikov said they did the video to let their friends and family know that they were doing well despite the setbacks.

“The video is a way to keep our spirits high, it’s our way to fight against the coronavirus by keeping positive and hopeful. The video has lot of hysteric moments to bring some smiles to our faces during this time of crisis.”

So, what is their loved ones reaction like to the video?

“There is a mixed feeling, they are a bit jealous that we are stranded in a paradise. We consider ourselves lucky that we are safer here as there are no cases but we would like to return home to our friends and families,” Kliuchnikov said.