Bastrykin: migrants should be deprived of citizenship for refusing to participate in a special operation

In case of refusal to participate in a special military operation, migrants must be deprived of Russian citizenship, said the Chairman of the Investigative Committee (IC) of Russia, Alexander Bastrykin.

“While a special military operation is underway, I think we need to involve them [мигрантов] to conduct a special military operation. If you are not ready, as a citizen of the Russian Federation, to fulfill your military duty, you must make a decision to deprive such a person of citizenship,” – offered Bastrykin, speaking at the military-scientific conference “Society cohesion and strengthening interethnic relations – the basis of the country’s security at the present stage.”

Bastrykin in his speech also pointed out the increase in crime among migrants – in 2022, the number of serious and especially serious crimes committed by foreigners and stateless persons increased by 37%. Since the beginning of this year, their number has increased by 31%. According to Bastrykin, ethnic crime is most active in large cities. He called the Moscow region, St. Petersburg, as well as the Irkutsk, Sverdlovsk, Novosibirsk regions and Krasnodar region attractive for migrants.

In August, the head of the Human Rights Council (HRC) Valery Fadeev offered synchronize the processes of issuing Russian passports to foreigners and registering them for military purposes. According to Fadeev, they must not only have rights, but also comply with the duties of a citizen and defend their homeland. He noted that migrants, after receiving a Russian passport, “forget” to register with the military.

On May 15, 2023, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree according to which foreign citizens who entered into service contracts during a military operation receive citizenship in a simplified manner. Before this decree, a mandatory condition was also participation in hostilities for at least six months or injury and dismissal from service for health reasons.

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