Russians, Israelis have 'occupied' Goa's coastal villages: Congress MP

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    PANAJI: Russians and Israelis have 'occupied' certain coastal villages in Goa and the trend needs to be resisted, Congress Rajya Sabha member Shantaram Naik said Tuesday.

    "Russians and Israelis have occupied certain villages in a manner which cannot be called ideal tourism, and they indulge in business activities in violation of the laws of the land, including Foreign ExchangeManagement Act," said Naik in a written statement which was issued quoting the parliamentarian's speech at a National Students Union of India ( NSUI) convention here Tuesday.

    "Goa's precious lands needs to be protected and we cannot allow any Goan village to be called 'Israel Village' or 'Russian Village'," Naik said.

    Naik's reference was to the beach villages of Morjim, Ashwem and Arambol in North Goa, which are popular with Israeli and Russian tourists, who flock to these beaches in thousands annually, making the area a throbbing hub for foreigners.

    While foreigners entering into hospitality and catering businesses in partnership with local residents is not a rare phenomenon, the Morjim-Ashwem and Arambol beach stretches were also in the cross-hairs of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) a few years back, which had red-flagged a couple of real estate deals along the coastline, allegedly funded by frontmen for the Russian mafia.

    While over 40,000 Russian tourists hit Goa's beaches in the tourist season from October to March, the beach tourism destination also saw some 4,000 Israelis hitting the surf here annually.

    http://http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Russians-Israelis-have-occupied-Goas-coastal-villages-Congress-MP/articleshow/11979444.cms

    :shocked::shocked::shocked: congress, i'am shocked for real.:rofl:
     
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    Mad Indian Proud Bigot Veteran Member Senior Member

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    CONs and their usual gimmicks why am i not surpriced:toilet::toilet:
     
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    i smell political drama for votes, if i'ts genuine then :thumb: for the MP who rise this issue.

    we good relation with Israel and Russia so we can hope this kind of things get solved.:thumb:
     
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    KS Bye bye DFI Veteran Member

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    Actually there is some element of truth in it.

    I have not seen Russian dominated areas...but certainly Israeli dominated areas in south goa.
     
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    Vladimir79 Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    Goa doesn't like Russian tourists? I think I will holiday elsewhere.
     
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    These are just tourists, what are they going to do? Take over goa, lol..

    As long as they dont bring in any drug culture like Cocaine its ok... Ganja smokeing is normal.
     
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    The situation there is not good. Russian mafia has developed business interests there and are entrenched now.
    When we reached Arambol beach my guide cautioned me against interacting with foreigners.

    Few years ago a Russian FSB (successor to KGB) operative was found dead in Goa. He was speculated to be working on a case involving Russian Mafia.
     

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