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.