Upon landing, in 2007, Elena was taken off Boadicea and detained by Canadian Border Services. A refugee claim was filed and she was released into Meg's custody. Within twenty-four hours, Elena was invited to tea and scones by an agent of the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service. He offered her immigration favours -- a trouble free and expeditious path to citizenship -- in exchange for her spying on the local Ukrainian and Russian community. Just off the boat and knowing nobody in Canada -- let alone any Russians, Elena politely declined his kind offer.
In September 2018, Canada refused to grant Elena citizenship.
In April 2019, Russian state TV mocked Elena on the national news for requesting Ukrainian citizenship from the president elect, Volodimir Zelensky.
To this day, to stay together, Elena and Meg live in exile, in hiding, and on the run between the few countries that permit both Russians and Canadians ashore as tourists.
And yes, they are still on the same, damn boat!
Find Out More
Meg & Elena at
ELENA AND MEG'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE elenameg.com
The prequel to this book, Elena Vaytsel's memoir of taking back her life and fleeing Russia, at
TALKING TO THE MOON booksite talkingtothemoon.uk