Immediately upon arrival on South Korean soil, the fugitives applied for refugee status, but were refused.
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Five young citizens of the Russian Federation, who decided to sit out a partial mobilization abroad in connection with a military special operation in Ukraine, turned out to be hostages at the airport. Since arriving at the Seoul airport last fall, the young people have not been able to leave the building.
The fact is that immediately upon arrival on South Korean soil, the fugitives applied for refugee status. And they got rejected. The country’s authorities considered that an attempt to avoid mobilization is not sufficient grounds for granting this status.
Since then, young Russians live thousands of kilometers from their homes, and not to die of hunger is helped by help from the South Korean Ministry of Justice. However, to call it luxurious is unlikely to turn the tongue: a glass of juice with a bun for breakfast and dinner and a portion of rice with chicken for lunch – that’s all the fugitives can count on.
– I left home on the night of September 24, a few hours after I received a call for military service. I decided to leave as soon as possible, because in the morning they might come for me,” one of the fugitives, a resident of Ulan-Ude named Vladimir, told reporters from The Korea Times. He has been at Incheon Airport since November 12.
According to Korean media, a court will soon be held, which will make a final decision regarding the Russians. If the ministers of Themis refuse to grant refugee status to young people, they will be forcibly deported to their homeland.