The injection of funding is related to the recent influx of refugees from Ukraine to Russia, according to observers, and is aimed at assisting their resettlement.
The Russian government is allotting 200 million rubles (about $3 million) to regions that are implementing the program of voluntary resettlement of ethnic Russians to Russia. According to the government, the program is supposed to solve the problems facing ethnic Russians who remained abroad after the collapse of the USSR, as well as attract labor resources to the country.
In 2008, Ryu En Nam, a North Korean defector, was extradited from Russia and executed. He was tied to the train going back to North Korea. “It was horrible. The train started moving and for as long as he could, Ryu En Nam ran with it, ” human rights lawyer Lubov Tataretz said, recalling what a Korean diplomat’s son had told her, a few years after she tried and failed to prevent Ryu En Nam’s extradition.
Under a recently signed treaty, the few asylum seekers who manage to escape the hermit kingdom and make it to Russia will be forcibly repatriated, to a country where prison inmates have to burn bodies of those who starve to death and use the remains as fertilizer.
Two years ago in Moscow, on an icy winter day, Civic Assistance Committee, a leading Russian group to protect migrant rights, was hosting a press conference. It was a good conference, well attended, and, unlike the Kadyrov report press conference in Moscow last month, it ran smoothly, withoutheckling or bomb threats.
The man, whose previous applications for asylum have been refused by Russia, faces almost certain death if he is deported
A refugee who fled a labour camp in North Korea and faces almost certain death if deported back has applied for a second time for temporary asylum in Russia. The 36-year-old, whose name is being withheld due to safety concerns, is unlikely to receive asylum but activists will continue to appeal until he receives some sort of status or can be moved to a third country, human rights campaigner Svetlana Gannushkina said.
Human rights groups and church hit out at Norwegian government clampdown as Russian security concerns halt expulsions.
Norway’s attempt to deport hundreds of asylum seekers to Russia is in chaos after Moscow objected to the programme and politicians struggled to defend it in the face of criticism from human rights groups and the church. The temporary suspension of expulsions after Russia raised “security concerns” is a setback to Oslo’s attempts to plug the gap in its Arctic border and implement a strict clampdown on asylum.
Murmansk authorities don’t provide any practical assistance to foreign refugees, crossing this region to reach Scandinavia, said Svetana Gannushkina, member of Presidential Human Rights Council and Chairman of Civic Assistance Commitee.
As a human rights activist told Rosbalt correspondent, officials use the fact that accodring to the law they are not obliged to help those, who are in transit through the country. “Refugees use Murmanks region only as a changing station. They go to Murmansk, then to Nikel, and only then to Norway or Finland.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.