The direct descendants of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, Alexander and Maria Pushkina, will be voting in the presidential elections in Belgium tomorrow.
There are about five thousand Russian citizens in Belgium, among them are great-grandsons of the representatives of the “first wave” of emigration (post-revolution). The Russians in Belgium generally work in education, and show a great interest in voting.
According to the Russian ambassador to Belgium, Alexander Tokovinin, two polling stations will be open from eight in the morning to eight at night in the local time, at the Russian Embassy in Brussels and at the Consulate General in Antwerp. All Russians (both residents of Belgium and tourists) will be able to vote, who have a valid passport.
In 2012, more than 1,700 Russians voted in Belgium.
The “Belgian Pushkin” obtained Russian citizenship in 2005, but the family says they always considered themselves Russian. Pushkin (born in 1942 in Brussels) is the great-grandson of the poet’s eldest son. The family was forced to leave Russia after the 1917 revolution.