Housing for Russians who have left the country must be provided to orphans in order to solve their housing problems, which the state does not solve at the right pace, said State Duma Vice Speaker Anna Kuznetsova.
“There are those who betrayed their country. There are those people who left the country, there are those organizations on the territory of Russia, the owners of which are people from unfriendly countries. Perhaps, in search of funds for housing orphans, turn to and look for resources in this direction?” – she said at a meeting on the issue of providing housing for orphans in Kemerovo (quote from TASS).
She also noted that the problem of providing housing for orphans at the state level is not being solved “at the pace that should be solved.” In total, 288,000 orphans and children left without parental care are on the waiting list for housing. About 600 billion rubles are needed to solve their housing problems, but last year only 38 billion rubles were allocated for this.
The day before, a RIA Novosti source in the State Duma spoke about the preparation of a bill on the confiscation of property from “a number of Russians who left.” According to him, there were no official instructions in this regard, but some deputies decided to work on the issue on their own initiative.
Last week, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin called for the confiscation of the property of the “scoundrels” who left Russia and the introduction of a corresponding clause into the Criminal Code. “The scoundrels who have left live comfortably thanks to our country. While abroad, they rent out real estate, continue to receive royalties from Russian citizens,” Volodin wrote in his Telegram channel.
The Kremlin called the issue of confiscation “a very difficult topic” and urged not to open “some Pandora’s boxes.” Also, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov drew the attention of the deputies to the fact that it is necessary to create conditions for the departed Russians to return.
After that, the secretary of the General Council of United Russia, Andrey Turchak, demanded that everything be done for the speedy return of fellow citizens who left the country. “Our task is to make sure that those who left return as quickly as possible, with the exception of those who allowed themselves public attacks against our country and the armed forces. This is important for the country’s economy, for their families and loved ones,” Turchak said.
According to Alfa-Bank, 1.1 million people could have left Russia in the first nine months of 2022.