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Russians Throng Seychelles Even as Archipelago Pans Putin’s War

  • Seychelles ‘welcomes Russians with open arms,’ president says
  • Russia became Seychelles’ top tourist market last year

Russian visitors to beach resorts in Seychelles have jumped three-fold in the first four months of the year undeterred by the island nation’s opposition to President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Seychelles voted in favor of United Nations resolutions to condemn the invasion of Ukraine and suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, even as dozens of other African Union member nations objected or abstained. While Seychelles denounces the war, it “welcomes Russians with open arms,” the archipelago’s President Wavel Ramkalawan said in an interview from Victoria, the nation’s capital, on Thursday.