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  •  Good advice! (15+ / 0-)

    Yes, if he has not told the embassy where he is staying, you should contact them and tell them. They may not be able to do anything to help him in all circumstances, but he should at least register with them. Peace Corps volunteers and non-essential employees and family were evacuated last week.

    I hope he is able to stay safe, and that you are all reunited soon.

    Peace

    Zen is "infinite respect for all things past; infinite service to all things present; infinite responsibility for all things future."--Huston Smith's Zen Master

    by Ree Zen on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 04:47:18 PM PST

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    •  I think he is registered; I've recommended it (8+ / 0-)

      several times. He's trying to keep his head down in general, since he's overstayed his visa by several months already, & is working under the table. That was "safe" in the old days, since it just meant a "fine" of a hundred dollars or so, payable on the spot to the passport control officer at the airport, but now, who knows?

      -7.25, -6.26

      We are men of action; lies do not become us.

      by ER Doc on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 04:57:26 PM PST

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      •  I'm so sorry (4+ / 0-)

        He is not in a good position then, in case things go wrong. I hope he--and his girlfriend--can get out ASAP.

        Zen is "infinite respect for all things past; infinite service to all things present; infinite responsibility for all things future."--Huston Smith's Zen Master

        by Ree Zen on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 05:04:10 PM PST

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      •  Yeah, he should definitely lay low for a bit. (3+ / 0-)
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        I don't want to give you more to worry about, but his best bet right now is to call as little attention to himself as possible, and stay closely with friends whenever he needs to leave the apartment.  Hopefully things will settle down soon, but you wouldn't want him to be testing those boundaries in the meantime.

        Best wishes that the situation settles quickly, and he doesn't have anything to worry about for long.

        Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

        by pico on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 07:45:15 PM PST

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      •  ARE you f'ing kidding? (4+ / 0-)
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        He's expired?  Sheise!  Tell him to get his ass to the closest "friendly" consulate/embassy.  I don't care if it's Ecuador!  He needs to come in from the cold now.  No status makes him fair game along with all of his friends and family.  How far of a stretch is it for something like "he was "teaching English" but is a pro-Western agitator/spy".  No status makes you very easy to disappear.  He needs to start thinking with his head, not his heart.
        ~Ari

        ~Arianna_Editrix-- I willingly accept Cassandra’s fate, To speak the truth, altho’ believ’d too late

        by Arianna Editrix on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 09:15:01 PM PST

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        •  Yeah, I'd have to agree here. (4+ / 0-)

          He's treading on thin ice, though I don't think the situation is dire (yet).

          There is a travel warning for Ukraine, and the U.S. gov't has authorized family members of embassy staff to leave the country.  That's pretty serious.

          If I were your son, I'd get to Kyiv and try and get a plane out this week. He should keep in contact with the Embassy (there don't seem to be any U.S. consular offices in Ukraine outside Kyiv). He should probably be honest with consular staff about his visa situation.  They can probably help shepherd him out of the country.  

          Good luck to your stepson and his gf!

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