More and more German politicians are in favor of asylum for “deviants” from the Russian Federation – DW – 09/23/2022

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Peter Kavinsky

Against the background of the mobilization announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin civilians to the war against Ukraine and messages about the mass exodus of Russians to other countriesmore and more politicians in Germany are in favor of granting asylum in Germany to those fleeing the Russian Federation because of their anti-war beliefs. “Anyone who does not want to participate as a soldier in Putin’s murderous war of aggression against Ukraine, which violates international law and therefore flees Russia, should be granted political asylum in Germany,” the German newspaper Rheinische Post quoted on Friday, September 23. head of affairs of the parliamentary faction of the ruling party “Soyuz-90” / “green” in the Bundestag Irene Mihalic (Irene Mihalic).

Johann Wadephul, deputy chairman of the opposition CDU/CSU party, agreed with Michalik, who called on the country’s government to issue humanitarian visas “more generously and on a larger scale”, including to Russian “military personnel who publicly oppose it.” Putin’s regime resistance.” Germany must “make it possible for them to live in safety. They deserve our support,” Wadeful said.

In turn, the deputy head of the parliamentary faction of the ruling Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Dirk Wiese, said in an interview with the Rheinische Post that the penalties that could threaten the Russians for trying to evade the mobilization, “under the current legal situation sufficient grounds for granting political asylum”.

Since the beginning of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, Germany has received 274 Russian citizens who refuse to participate in this war, as well as 164 members of their families, the newspaper writes, citing a representative of the German Ministry of Justice.

German human rights activists call for changes to rules for applying for Russian visas

In the human rights organization Pro Asyl, which provides support to asylum seekers who want to enter Germany for humanitarian reasons, urged German authorities to adopt new rules for Russians’ entry into the European Union.

The head of the organization, Günter Burkhardt, said accepting applications from Russians fleeing conscription is “pointless” until they have a chance to enter the European Union. In his opinion, the possibility of issuing humanitarian visas for Russians in Turkey and Georgia could change the situation, as many flee to these countries from the Russian Federation. Under the current rules for obtaining German visas, this is not possible – applicants must apply in a country where they have residence registration.

Mobilization is Putin’s desperate act, says Bundestag

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called the announcement of a partial mobilization in Russia and the holding of so-called “referendums” in the Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine “an act of desperation”. Speaking to reporters in New York on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, Scholz said Russia “cannot win this criminal war” and that President Vladimir Putin “has only made the situation much worse with his latest decisions.”

According to Wadeful, by announcing the mobilization, Putin finally dropped the mask. “Ukraine has the chance to successfully defend its country and liberate the territories seized by Russia,” he said. At the same time, the Conservative stressed the need for further significant support from the world community and the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine. Norbert Röttgen, another leading politician from the conservative faction, said the mobilization announced in Russia is a manifestation of the Russian president’s weakness. “Putin is under pressure. He had to announce something… to maintain the appearance of strength,” he said.

Also see:

Mobilization experts: ‘It is a sign of Putin’s weakness’

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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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