The Man Building Makeshift Boats to Escape Israel for Mother Russia

In 2005, a Russian-born ironworker named Michael Chaiyevsky was caught trying to escape Israel aboard a raft that he built from an old Citroen. Since then he’s been refining his vessels in the hope that in the end he’ll succeed to sail away someday

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Michael Chaiyevsky with his latest boat.
Michael Chaiyevsky with his latest boat.Credit: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv
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Michael Chaiyevsky working on his latest project.
Michael Chaiyevsky with his latest boat.Credit: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv
Michael Chaiyevsky's latest project. “The state and I are like two sheep that meet head to head on a narrow bridge, and one doesn’t let the other pass.”Credit: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv

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