Noginsk, a Russian provincial town about 40 miles from Moscow, is widely known as a place where the first monument to Lenin was established. It is also traditionally known by its industries, especially textile production. Recently, however, the town has become known as the place with the largest group of Syrian refugees in Russia.
These days Migration services of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation have been constantly denying Syrian refugees asylum and recommending them to go back home. Officials explain their decisions by claiming that Syria is no longer in grave danger and referring to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. We have gathered a few of migration services’ decisions here and compared them for better understanding with the recent report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic acting under the mandate of the United Nation.
Over the past few years Russian courts arduously expell migrants from the country, usually in flagrant violation of procedures and other norms. The Civic Assistance Committee employee Konstantin Troitskiy prepared the report on mass expulsions of foreigners from Russia, which is now available in English. You can download the English version of the report following the link.
On 25 November 2016 the ceremony of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as “Alternative Nobel Prize”, was held in Stockholm. Other winners of 2016 are Syrian volunteers White Helmets, Egyptian women’s organization Nazra and Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. We publish Svetlana Gannushkina acceptance speech video and transcript.
Trafficking victim from Kinshasa, a witness of a murder of dozens innocent people from Brazzaville, a girl, who broke with Yemen traditions and other refugees took part in a new multimedia Civic Assistance Committee special project. According to UNHCR, in 2015 more than 65 million refugees in the world were forced to leave their homes due to armed conflicts. We talked with those who fled to Russia: what made them leave and what is their new life here like.