About 70 dissidents who left the Russian Federation for Germany due to Russian aggression against Ukraine on a 90-day visa will be able to obtain a residence permit from the German authorities. Spiegel reports.
The Federal Ministries of the Interior and Foreign Affairs of Germany have developed a program for Russian citizens entering German territory on temporary visas and not wanting to return to Russia because of the danger.
The document prepared by the departments notes that Germany has “a special political obligation … towards people who in recent years have defended human rights, democracy and the rule of law contrary to the political course of the Russian leadership.”
The program provides for the possibility of granting a residence permit for Russians who:
• have been or are employees of German institutions and organizations abroad;
• work in the human rights field;
• are members of organizations recognized in Russia as “foreign agents” or “undesirable organizations”;
• journalists whose media were closed after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Their temporary 90-day visas will be replaced with long-term ones, which, in particular, will give them the right to work. In addition, it is assumed that during the first year of their stay in Germany, Russian dissidents will receive financial assistance through grants.
Spiegel does not name the Russians who are planned to be granted permanent residence in Germany, but quotes Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar, who stated problems with living on German territory.
Earlier, German media reported that the German federal government wants to make it easier for Kremlin critics from Russia to enter the country.
In addition, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser will present a report on the defense of the constitution, which will focus on the threat of Russian espionage.
The German government was urged not to give Ukraine heavy weapons.
This proposal was made by the leader of the faction of the Left Party in the Bundestag, Dietmar Bartsch, according to Welt.
“I am categorically against Germany exporting more and heavier weapons to Ukraine,” he said.
“I am convinced that there will be no military solution,” he said, adding that “in the end, Russia should sit down at the negotiating table.”
According to the publication, Bartsch also wondered “what does it mean when they say that Ukraine must win the war.”
Bartsch is a German “leftist”, served in the army of the GDR, called for the lifting of sanctions against the Russian Federation.
Help for Ukraine:
On June 1, US President Joe Biden announced a new weapons package for Ukraine, including HIMARS highly mobile artillery missile systems, precision weapons that can hit targets up to 80 kilometers away.
In addition, the aid package will include: highly mobile artillery rocket systems and ammunition; anti-artillery radars; air surveillance radars; Javelin and command and launch modules for them; anti-tank weapons; artillery shells of 155 mm caliber; Mi-17 helicopters; tactical vehicles; spare parts and equipment.
Also on June 1, information appeared that Germany intends to supply Ukraine with four multiple rocket launcher systems (MLRS) from the Bundeswehr stocks.
On the same day, June 1, Germany clarified that the delivery of air defense to Ukraine would take months.
On June 2, the British Ministry of Defense officially announced the transfer to Ukraine of American M270 multiple launch rocket systems capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 80 kilometers.