Saturday, January 7, 2023

Those Russians who Fled Abroad to Avoid Serving in Ukraine Unlikely to Go Home if Moscow Requires Public Repentance

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Jan. 6 – One of the most offensive policies of Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov, the requirement that those who are offended by his rule make a public apology may about to be adopted by Moscow and applied to Russians who fled abroad to avoid serving in Ukraine but who now would like to return.

            Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian president and now deputy head of the Russian Security Council has declared that those who left but now want to return must make a public act of repentance and then be granted amnesty (

            Such a requirement would violate the Russian constitution but even more important, it would almost certainly guarantee that most of those Russians who went abroad in the course of 2022 to avoid service in Ukraine won’t return anytime soon. Indeed, this could make what some call “relocaters” true emigres who will not go back at all or at least until there is regime change.

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