The head of the TFR proposed to send immigrants from Central Asia to the war as a “priority order”

More than half a million former Central Asians who have received Russian citizenship should be “as a matter of priority” sent to war in Ukraine, said Alexander Bastrykin, head of Russia’s Investigative Committee.

“Statistics show that foreigners are massively receiving Russian citizenship, bypassing military service. Over the past five years, it was purchased by more than a million people who arrived from the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, including 550 thousand former residents of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan,” Bastrykin said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

According to him, in this regard, it is necessary to consider the issue of “priority sending naturalized citizens to participate in the tasks of a special military operation.” He noted that with the acquisition of Russian citizenship, immigrants from Central Asia received not only rights, but also obligations. Bastrykin also recalled that foreigners have the opportunity to acquire Russian citizenship in a simplified manner if they enter military service under a contract.

Earlier, Kyiv reported on the involvement of mercenaries from Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan by Russia, who entered into contracts with the Wagner PMC. “The Russian leadership is constantly looking for new sources of replenishment of reserves. Promising high salaries and a social package, they are trying to recruit “volunteers” among retired military personnel in the Kyrgyz Republic through groups on social networks,” Oleksandr Shtupun, spokesman for the Ukrainian General Staff, said in September.

At the end of summer, the leader of the “Central Asian Society of Uzbeks of the Perm Territory” Jahongir Jalolov suggested that representatives of the diaspora create a volunteer battalion to participate in the war against Ukraine. “Our children attend kindergartens, study at schools and universities. We live and work in Russia. We not only have to, we are obliged to justify the bread that we eat,” he said. He proposed to name the volunteer battalion after Amir Timur, the Turkic-Mongolian commander and conqueror of Tamerlane.

Prior to this, the Agency for External Labor Migration of Uzbekistan reminded its citizens in Russia of their responsibility under Article 154 (“Mercenary”) of the Criminal Code of Uzbekistan. In particular, the article prohibits “participation on the territory or side of a foreign state in an armed conflict or hostilities of a person who is not a citizen or military serviceman of a country in conflict, in order to obtain material reward or other personal benefits, is punishable by imprisonment from five to ten years” .

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