Abdelaaty Quoted in Politico Article on Russian Asylum-Seekers
September 29, 2022
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilization of military reservists for the war in Ukraine, thousands of Russian men have made their way to the country's borders to seek asylum and avoid the front lines.
Some regional leaders say an influx of Russian men would pose security threats to their countries, while others suggest it’s better for those opposed to the war to pressure Putin from within.
“Blocking Russians who are fleeing these military call-ups is a violation of international law,” says Lamis Abdelaaty, associate professor of political science. “The punishment for deserters and draft evaders in Russia is severe, having been recently toughened. Under international law, risking punishment for refusing to participate in illegal combat is valid grounds for refugee status,” adding that Russians “should not be returned to Russia while their asylum applications are being processed.”
Read more in the Politico article, "The coming fight over Russian asylum-seekers."
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