SPD and Greens want asylum status for Russian deserters



Nfter the partial mobilization in Russia, the debate about accepting conscientious objectors and deserters flared up. Politicians from both the coalition and the opposition spoke out in favor of easier admission. Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) explained that deserters usually received protection in Germany.

"Anyone who courageously opposes the regime of President Vladimir Putin and therefore puts himself in the greatest danger can apply for asylum in Germany because of political persecution," she told the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper". The granting of asylum is, however, an individual decision, in the context of which a security check is also carried out.

The Greens parliamentary secretary Irene Mihalic told the "Rheinische Post": "Anyone who does not want to take part as a soldier in Putin's murderous war of aggression against Ukraine, which violates international law, and therefore flees Russia, must be granted asylum in Germany." This must be guaranteed also an important signal to all Russian soldiers not to allow themselves to be exploited. SPD parliamentary group leader Dirk Wiese told the newspaper that he considered the stricter penalties that would threaten people if they were withdrawn from the draft already sufficient as a reason for asylum under the current legal situation.

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Green foreign politician Anton Hofreiter told the newspaper that the Federal Republic must also "intensify its efforts to offer Russian opposition members in Germany a safe contact point". It is "better if opponents of the regime from exile work for changes in their homeland" than if they sit in Russian prisons for years, said Hofreiter.



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