Here is an e-mail from this guest I opened this morning:
Flew to Toronto at 20 P.M, all is well. Upon arrival, applied for asylum with the CBSA [Canadian Border Services Agency]. It took 5 hours. received a referral for a medical examination and I need to fill out 5 forms and submit them to the CBSA, then a second interview will be scheduled.
CBSA took all my documents away from me, so now I am without documents, the card at the hotel did not work, I paid in cash, which we still have. it’s 5 am and we finally go to bed.
The “card” refers to a new, non-Russian credit card he was issued at a bank in the Republic of Georgia, where he opened a new bank account while staying for a couple of weeks en-route to Canada. He is travelling with his wife and his two daughters, ages 8 and 4.
I have just had a discussion started in one of my earlier threads about this family with a host who wants to help out. They are staying at the Airport Marriott in Toronto, and anyone who has Marriott Reward Points might be able to contribute to their stay there. Direct message me if you want to try this and need details.
In the meantime, here is a link to an article I wrote for the DailyKos news blofgdescribing the circumstances that led to them having to flee the country with the Russian anti-protester police nipping at their heels.