Russia: Refugees Must Wait For Restoration of the Syrian Statehood

Accusing the Western countries in illegal invasion to Middle East and inhumane treatment of refugees, Russia does not try to help migrants on its own territory.

The Russian position is definite: “Refugees are definitely in need of compassion and support”, Vladimir Putin said at the UN, “But fundamental solving this problem is possible only by restoring the destroyed state.” Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said at a meeting of the Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union that the humanitarian crisis in Syria is the result of “short-sighted policies of some countries, illicit interference in the affairs of sovereign states.” As for the refugees, Matvienko chided Western countries in choosing the strategy of “all sorts of restrictions and obstacles” and urged to take into account Russia’s experience with migrants. The Russian experience is not too inspiring.

Syrian Migrant Family in Limbo at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport

For almost seven weeks a Syrian family has been camping-out in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. The Ahmads brought their four children to Russia seeking safety. But they were accused of using fake passports and refused asylum. Now the family are stuck in the transit zone. Below is the report of BBC News, Moscow.

It’s not hard to spot them through the glass walls of the old smoking room next to departure gate 36. They sit surrounded by the few bags of belongings they brought with them.

“This is for transit for one hour, for two hours, ” the eldest son, Rinas tells me in English. “But ours is for 40 days.

African migrants in Russia describe “hell on Earth”

First they spat angry words at Remy Bazie. Then they struck him in the face with an iron bar, knocking him unconscious.

The men who jumped the Ivory Coast migrant at a crowded Moscow train station last November did not rob him. But they damaged his jaw to the degree that doctors had to install a metal plate to hold it in place. It took Bazie four months to raise the $3, 600 to undergo surgery

For the Record

Africans in Russia: In the Nov. 2 Section A, an article about hostility against African blacks in Russia said there had been 177 reported acts of violence against blacks in Russia since 2010, according to the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis. There were actually 177 reported violent acts against blacks since 2008, SOVA officials say, six of which ended in death.

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“Most of the time I’m harassed, but this was the worst experience, ” Bazie, 28, said recently as he sat at a parish community center in Moscow where African migrants often seek refuge.

The Dublin Convention in the light of the expansion of the European Union to the East

Svetlana Gannushkina, Head of the “Migration Rights” network, Human Rights Centre Memorial, Chairperson of the “Civic Assistance Committee”

“The Dublin Convention of 1990 determines which state is responsible for examining an asylum claim submitted in one of the member countries of the European Community”. This Convention was adopted when the European Union was still in its infancy.

The right to be a human being

“Regrettably, we have women among us who started forgetting the code of conduct of women – mountain dwellers. In respect of such women, their male relatives who regard themselves to be insulted commit acts of mob law.”

“Regrettably, we have women among us who started forgetting the code of conduct of women – mountain dwellers. In respect of such women, their male relatives who regard themselves to be insulted commit acts of mob law.”

Thus spoke Nurdi Nukhajiyev, the human rights ombudsman in Chechnya when asked by journalists to comment on the assassination of six young Chechen women on the night of 26 November (the newspaper Kommersant No. 216(4033) of 27 November 2008).