war in Ukraine
Debate on admission of Russian conscientious objectors
After the partial mobilization announced by the Kremlin, many young men are trying to break away from Russia. Should Germany now accept conscientious objectors? Greens, SPD and Union are in favor.
After the partial mobilization in Russia Politicians from the coalition and opposition are campaigning for the easier admission of Russian conscientious objectors and deserters in Germany. The First Parliamentary Secretary of the Greens parliamentary group, 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 ."
SPD-Faktionsvize Dirk Wiese told the newspaper that the stricter penalties that threatened people if they were withdrawn from the draft "I already consider the current legal situation to be sufficient as a reason for asylum".
The deputy chairman of the Union faction, Johann Wadephul, told the newspapers of the Funke media group that humanitarian visas must now be interpreted generously and comprehensively. "This must also apply to soldiers who openly oppose it Putin-regime."
After the dated Kremlin announced call-up of 300,000 reservists, many young men try to break away from Russia. There were protests in Russia against the measure with hundreds of arrests.
Faeser: Grant of asylum is an individual decision
Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser had said about a photo of conscientious objectors and deserters in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper": "Deserters threatened by severe repression usually receive international 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". However, the granting of asylum is a case-by-case decision, which also includes a security check.
Regarding the discussion, the Ukrainian ambassador in Berlin, Andriy Melnyk, tweeted: "Wrong approach! Sorry. Young Russians who don't want to go to war must finally overthrow Putin and his racist regime instead of running off and enjoying dolce vita in the West ."