Both ministers spoke in favor of accepting the Russians a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilization of reservists. Faeser emphasized that Russians fleeing war are “at risk of serious oppression.” “He who courageously opposes Putin and exposes himself to great danger can apply for political asylum in Germany,” assured Faeser.
At the same time, she emphasized that the granting of political asylum is not automatic and is based on individual decisions accompanied by a security check. The politician said that Germany has already accepted 438 opponents of the Kremlin, mainly journalists who threatened or persecuted the Russian authorities.
Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský said on Thursday that Russians who are fleeing the country because they want to avoid mobilization do not meet the conditions for granting a humanitarian visa in the Czech Republic. The European Commission emphasized on Thursday that the decision whether to admit people coming from Russia to their territory is up to the individual member states of the European Union.
The Czech Republic will not grant visas to Russians fleeing mobilization
According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the army will call up 300,000 reservists during the mobilization. After the declaration of mobilization, many Russians left or tried to leave their country by land or by air. Tens of thousands of people have left Russia since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24. The exodus apparently intensified after the announced mobilization.
“Many Russians are apparently leaving their homeland: Whoever hates the path chosen by Putin and loves liberal democracy is warmly welcomed in Germany,” German Justice Minister Buschmann wrote on Twitter on Thursday.