Union of Political Emigrants from Russia Established in Ukraine


A Union of Political Emigrants from Russia has been established in Ukraine. The head of the new organisation is Russian opposition activist Olga Kudrina, who has received asylum in Ukraine. The organisation held a press conference on 23 February 2010 in Kiev. Denis Bilunov, chairman of the executive committee of Russia’s opposition Solidarity coalition, explained why an increasing number of journalists, human rights defenders, civic activists, and others have been forced to leave Russia and seek asylum abroad.

The number of activists forced to leave Russia because of political harassment is on the increase. Political activists face fabricated criminal cases, partial judges, and extrajudicial reprisals. Ukraine is one the countries which has granted asylum to Russian citizens persecuted by their own government. The new wave of political emigration has, however, failed to gain the attention it deserves in society. The Union of Political Emigrants strives to bring the problem of political emigration from Russia into the public limelight.

“In Russia today, people who openly voice opinions that differ from those of the government, who voice criticism of the ruling regime, or who find themselves simply in the way of the authorities, are often subjected to harassment and repression. There are no signs of any improvements in the human rights situation in Russia. We established the Union of Political Emigrants to help people who have fled Russia and applied for asylum to overcome the difficulties they will face in their new situation,” Olga Kudrina explained.

The Union of Political Emigrants was established by Russian political refugees to unite citizens of the Russian Federation who have been forced to leave their country because of harassment by the authorities, and to help them claim their rights. The organisation distributes information about the problem of political emigration and its reasons, provides legal and publicity support to political emigrants from Russia, and promotes the integration of political emigrants in the countries where they have received asylum.


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