Correspondent Débora Rey, chief photographer and acting news director Natacha Pisarenko and video journalist Víctor Caivano reported in all formats, before any other international media, about a relatively new phenomenon in Argentina: pregnant Russians traveling to Buenos Aires after the war in Ukraine to give birth in the South American country and being able to get an Argentina passport to have access to 171 countries without a visa.
Rey and Pisarenko started reaching out to some potential people to interview after noticing an influx of pregnant Russian people and parents with young infants in Buenos Aires. They found a couple of women wanting to talk about the matter soon after Argentine authorities commented on the surge of pregnant women traveling to the country. A powerful all-formats package moved a day ahead of the first anniversary of the Russian invasion in Ukraine.
The AP was ahead of other international media in reporting the surge of Russian women traveling to Argentina to give birth. On Monday, four days after the AP ran the story, the Wall Street Journal published its own version.