Against the backdrop of the mobilization announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin citizens to the war against Ukraine and messages about the mass exodus of Russians to other countriesmore and more politicians in Germany are in favor of granting asylum in Germany to those who flee the Russian Federation due to their anti-war beliefs. “Whoever does not want to participate as a soldier in Putin’s murderous war of aggression against Ukraine, which violates international law and therefore flees Russia, should be granted political asylum in Germany,” the German newspaper Rheinische Post quoted on Friday, September 23, the head of affairs of the parliamentary faction of the ruling party “Soyuz-90” / “green” in the Bundestag Irene Mihalic (Irene Mihalic).
Johann Wadephul, deputy chairman of the opposition CDU/CSU faction, agreed with Michalik, who called on the country’s government to issue humanitarian visas “more generously and on a larger scale”, including to Russian “military personnel who publicly oppose the Putin regime.” Germany should “make it possible for them to live in safety. They deserve our support,” Wadeful said.
In turn, the deputy head of the parliamentary faction of the ruling Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Dirk Wiese, said in an interview with the Rheinische Post that the punishments that may threaten Russians for trying to evade mobilization are “according to the current legal situation sufficient grounds for granting political asylum”.
Since the beginning of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, Germany has received 274 Russian citizens who refuse to participate in this war, as well as 164 members of their families, the newspaper writes, citing a representative of the German Ministry of Justice.
German human rights activists ask to change the rules for applying for visas for Russians
In the human rights organization Pro Asyl, which provides support to asylum seekers who wish to enter Germany for humanitarian reasons, urged the German authorities to determine new rules for entry into the European Union for Russians.
The head of the organization, Günter Burkhardt, said that accepting applications from Russians fleeing compulsory conscription is “meaningless” until they have the opportunity to enter the European Union. In his opinion, the situation could be changed by the possibility of issuing humanitarian visas for Russians in Turkey and Georgia, as many flee from the Russian Federation to these countries. According to the current rules for obtaining German visas, this is not possible – applicants must apply in a country where they have a residence registration.
Mobilization is Putin’s act of desperation, according to the Bundestag
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called the announcement of partial mobilization in Russia and the holding of so-called “referendums” in the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine “an act of desperation.” Speaking to reporters in New York on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, Scholz said that Russia “cannot win this criminal war” and that President Vladimir Putin “only made the situation much worse with his latest decisions.”
According to Wadeful, by announcing the mobilization, Putin finally dropped the mask. “Ukraine has the opportunity to successfully defend its country and liberate the territories seized by Russia,” he said. At the same time, the conservative stressed the need for further significant support from the world community and the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine. Norbert Röttgen, another key politician of the conservative faction, said that the mobilization announced in Russia is a manifestation of the weakness of the Russian president. “Putin is under pressure. He had to announce something … to maintain the appearance of strength,” he said.