Russian initiative: free heating centers in the EU with a hot cup of tea

The Russian Agency for Foreign Humanitarian Cooperation announces the opening of its centers in the EU equipped with free electricity and heating to help citizens fight winter amid the energy crisis hitting Europe

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With winter fast approaching, Russia’s external humanitarian cooperation agency, Rossotrudnichestvo, has announced the launch of an initiative to “warm the hearts of frozen European families” where European citizens will be able to visit their fully heated centers and equipped with electricity to charge their electronic devices, all free of charge.

“As long as gas and electricity prices hold, the centers will function as heating centers,” Rossotrudnichestvo said in a statement on Telegram.

Visitors will also be able to watch children’s movies and cartoons while charging their phones and drinking a cup of hot tea for free.

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Rossotrudnichestvo added that “with the onset of autumn cold and humidity in Europe, Russian Houses are launching the ‘From Russia with Warmth’ campaign. Amid falling temperatures outside and, what’s more, inside the houses, Russian Houses and cultural centers in European capitals are opening their doors to everyone from today.”

The director of the Russian House in Brussels, Vera Bunina, stressed that the centers are open to everyone who “values ​​communication, mutual understanding and warmth”, without discrimination based on political opinions.

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“In the face of growing social tensions in Europe, as well as Russophobia, the Russian Houses humanitarian campaign should demonstrate our traditional hospitality and warm the hearts of frozen European families,” the statement added.

Disruptions to supply chains following the Russian operation in Ukraine and the subsequent comprehensive Western sanctions imposed on Russia have led to sharp increases in energy and food prices across the country. ‘EU, where most EU countries now resort to electricity rationing as citizens suffer from increased energy prices, sometimes costing more than a month’s wages across the EU, because the energy crisis is expected to worsen further with the approaching winter.

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EU governments have urged citizens to limit home heating and reduce electricity and gas consumption.

Demonstrations and rallies have taken place in some of the EU’s main capitals against soaring prices and the crushing cost of living, as anti-Russian sanctions have caused more damage to EU citizens than to Russia, and as EU governments struggle to find alternatives to Russian oil, the masses are taking to the streets to voice their opposition to NATO’s proxy war on Ukraine.

Christy J. Olson