Natives of the CIS countries who have received Russian citizenship are refused to be released from Russia. This is reported by Radio Liberty with reference to several natives of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan who tried to leave for their historical homeland, but could not cross the border.
“The Russian border guards quite politely explained to me that “you are included in the mobilization list, this is the law, and you do not have the right to travel abroad until February 12,” one of the radio’s interlocutors said. Other sources say that naturalized migrants receive subpoenas. They are also called in for a conversation at the military registration and enlistment offices, where they explain that desertion from the armed forces will be severely punished. According to relatives of migrants, holders of Russian passports are stopped at airports, while natives of Central Asia without Russian citizenship can freely return home.
Workers with Russian passports have already been warned in Bishkek that they will not be able to help them under the conditions of the announced mobilization. Russia does not have an agreement on dual citizenship with Kyrgyzstan – it does not recognize the original citizenship of Kyrgyzstan of naturalized citizens. It is not known how many naturalized Russian citizens have already been drafted into the army and are participating in the war in Ukraine.
The head of the Russian Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, said on January 13 that naturalized citizens should fight in Ukraine. According to him, over the past five years, more than half a million people from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have received Russian passports, and now they have a “duty to defend the country.” He also proposed to introduce a simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for migrants participating in the war.
In January, the presidential administration, in response to a request from Yabloko MP Artur Gaiduk, announced that the mobilization announced in September was continuing: the decree on its announcement was still in effect. Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, who repeatedly assured that the recruitment of reservists had ended and that an additional decree was not needed, could not explain the letter to the Presidential Administration. According to Peskov, this is “most likely some kind of legal subtlety.”