Moscow may strip the Russian passports of naturalized residents from Central Asia in the event that they defy President Vladimir Putin’s orders to take up arms in Ukraine, a senior human rights official stated Thursday.
Kirill Kabanov, member of the presidential human rights council, issued the warning after 4 ex-Soviet Central Asian republics risk their residents with felony prosecution for combating in overseas conflicts.
Kabanov stated his physique is drafting new guidelines as a part of Putin’s mobilization orders for migrants who’ve obtained Russian citizenship throughout the previous 10 years.
The draft guidelines embrace obligatory navy service inside a 12 months for Russian residents hailing from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, he wrote on his Telegram channel.
Nationals of those international locations, who usually transfer to Russia to search out work, make up a important share of foreigners granted Russian passports.
“Refusal to perform military service should result in the deprivation of Russian citizenship not only for the person subject to military service, but also for members of his family,” Kabanov stated.
He stated denaturalization “would be an adequate response to an official ban” on participating in hostilities on overseas soil by the Central Asian international locations.
Several experiences have emerged of Central Asian nationals dwelling in Russia being pressured to battle on Moscow’s facet within the months since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
Migrants’ rights activists instructed The Moscow Times in spring that the recruitment techniques included promising expedited citizenship in trade for Central Asians signing up for contract service with the Russian military.
Russian lawmakers this week moved to simplify citizenships for foreigners who full a one-12 months contract with the Russian Armed Forces.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin introduced the opening of a navy recruitment web site for foreigners at a migration heart exterior the Russian capital.