Originally Posted by reed1v
If you are flying the stars and stripes, would go around. Things are fairly tense right now; especially with Putin purging his top navy
brass for not being hard asses to American vessels. Suspect now might be when they really start being mean to any American boat
, legally or illegally in their territorial waters.
I'm flying the Red Duster, but I'm not sure that's really any better.
I almost got run down by a Russian tanker sailing into Vyborg two years ago, he ran me right out of the channel and almost onto the rocks -- obviously intentional. Scared the **** out of me.
But this is not indicative -- both people and officials in Russia
continue to be very friendly despite the political tension. Clearing customs
in Vyborg a few hours after the incident named above was a breeze; both customs
and immigration people exceptionally nice and helpful.