Russia as a Country of Asylum

16 / 10 / 2015

This report has been prepared by the Civic Assistance Committee as part of the Right for Asylum project (01/09/2014-31/08/2015). This project was completed thanks to a grant provided by the All-Russia Non-Governmental Movement Civil Dignity on the basis of contract  № 268/2014/1 of 01/08/2014 and in accordance with Presidential Decree № 11-RP of 17/01/2014 issued by the President of the Russian Federation.

The report describes Russia’s asylum system and analyzes its compliance to standards set out in the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. In spite of the fact that Russia joined the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol in 1992, and the system of asylum in the Russian Federation began to develop in 1993 when the Russian Federation’s Law On Refugees was issued, the report of this kind is published for the first time.