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What would you have done had you been in my situation

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Last week I visited the Hermitage art museum in St. Petersburg as [part of a group from a cruise ship. None of us had a Russian visa because as long as we toured as a group under the supervision of a licensed guide, we did not need one.

Once we had cleared passport control at the pier, we were taken by a tour bus to the museum where we were checked in.

Because of declines in my physical health I no longer walk very fast and I use a walking cane for support. The guide for our tour fgroup felt like I would not be able to walk fast enough to keep up with the group. She therefore told me to ride in a wheelchair.

After the guide issued her wheelchair directive, someone in authority at the museum told me I had to surrender my passport. At that I balked. I offered a cash deposit, but the staff of the Hermitage refused my counter offer. Basically the situation was surrender your passport or you don't get the wheelchair. Touring the museum in any other way was not an option.

Our guide finally worked out a deal, and off I went on a whirlwind journey of the Hermitage being pushed like a total invalid.

Here is my question to the members of this forum: Under the circumstances I have described, would you have surrendered your passport to the Russians?

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