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Russia invades Ukraine: Melbourne socialite Rozalia Russian on fleeing the Cold War

Socialite Rozalia Russian reveals her family’s harrowing experience fleeing the Cold War as she reacts to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine










Rozalia Russian has spoken about her own experience fleeing the Cold War, after Russia commenced its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

In a post on Instagram Stories on Friday, the 33-year-old Melbourne socialite detailed her family’s plight as war refugees.

‘It was the middle of winter in 1991 and my family escaped with one suitcase and the clothes on our back and fled the Cold War,’ the Uzbekistan-born influencer said.

Devastating: Rozalia Russian has spoken about her own experience fleeing the Cold War, after Russia commenced its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine

‘Luckily for us we had a happy ending. Thirty-one years later my heart goes out to those currently in the same situation,’ she added.

It’s not the first time Rozalia has spoken about what her family endured during the Cold War.

‘My mum, Jelena, tells the stories of being pregnant with me and queueing all day for meagre rations with my brother Stanislav, who was 12,’ she said in May 2018.

Reflecting on the past: In a post on Instagram Stories on Friday, the 33-year-old socialite detailed her family's plight as war refugees

Reflecting on the past: In a post on Instagram Stories on Friday, the 33-year-old socialite detailed her family’s plight as war refugees

She said the final straw came after school children ‘were rounded up and had their ears cut off’ by insurgents fighting the government.  

Rozalia explained her family decided to immigrate to Australia as the government was seeking skilled workers and her father was an electrical engineer.

She said her mother was forced to sell her collection of precious heirloom jewellery to fund the trip, using the money to pay for their plane tickets.

'It was the middle of winter in 1991 and my family escaped with one suitcase and the clothes on our back and fled the Cold War,' the Uzbekistan-born beauty recounted

‘It was the middle of winter in 1991 and my family escaped with one suitcase and the clothes on our back and fled the Cold War,’ the Uzbekistan-born beauty recounted

They finally left their apartment in Uzbekistan in 1991, telling their remaining family and friends to take what they wanted.

Rozalia said they initially flew to Moscow, where they secured temporary visas from the Australian embassy, before travelling to Melbourne.   

‘We got a little flat in Elsternwick. Neither of my parents spoke English. My mum started work as a cleaner and Dad delivered newspapers,’ she added.

'Luckily for us we had a happy ending. Thirty-one years later my heart goes out to those currently in the same situation,' she wrote

‘Luckily for us we had a happy ending. Thirty-one years later my heart goes out to those currently in the same situation,’ she wrote

On Thursday, nearly 200,000 Russian troops gathered at the border of Ukraine and commenced a broad military offensive after weeks of growing tensions.

Global leaders have warned the attacks could lead to the biggest conflict in Europe since World War II as Russian forces advance on the capital of Kyiv.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has claimed he is simply trying to demilitarise Ukraine, which he believes is a threat to Russia’s dominance. 

Going to war: On Thursday, nearly 200,000 Russian troops gathered at the border of Ukraine and commenced a broad military offensive after weeks of growing tensions. Pictured, Russian armoured vehicles at the railway station in the Rostov region on Wednesday

Going to war: On Thursday, nearly 200,000 Russian troops gathered at the border of Ukraine and commenced a broad military offensive after weeks of growing tensions. Pictured, Russian armoured vehicles at the railway station in the Rostov region on Wednesday

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