And what do they buy when they come here? Well a good indication is in the number of Russian fur shops that are spreading all over the island. Apparently the Russian people can buy fur coats in Crete much cheaper than in Russia. And there really is a plethora of huge showrooms, with very professional looking advertisements on hoardings, all along the main tourist strip.
Whether it is right or wrong to buy and sell garments made from animals is another story. I personally would not buy one, but then, I don't have to suffer the sub zero temperatures of Russia and beyond. So, while that debate goes on, trade in fur is obviously bringing money into Crete. I only hope that the Russian people also go home with a very rich appreciation of Greek history and culture.