For hundreds of Russians living in Ukraine illegally, the bitter reality is that they are even less likely to be granted political asylum since Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine -is said in the video, published by Deutsche Welle.
Alexey fled Russia 2 years ago. There he was a successful small business owner and a political activist, which landed him in jail.
“Nostalgia and bitterness – that`s what I feel, when I look to this pictures. My old life is over”, – says Alexey.
Alexey`s application for asylum was turned down, he still doesn`t understand why.
“Of course we understand very well, that there are some security reasons probably that might be the ground for rejection from the side of the State Migration Service when the applications are considered”, – says Daryna Tolkach, Advocacy Coordinator in Ukrainian NGO “The Right to Protection” which works in partnership with HIAS and UNHCR.
Since the annexation of Crimea Ukraine has approved only about 5% of asylum applications from Russians.
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