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Russia Deployed 10,000 Naturalized Citizens to Fight in Ukraine: Senior Official

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According to a senior official, Russia has dispatched around 10,000 naturalized citizens to the front lines in Ukraine, as reported on Thursday. This action is taking place amidst reports of some individuals opting to depart the nation to evade conscription.

Moscow is facing allegations of coercing Central Asian immigrants into joining its military forces during a major recruitment campaign aimed at increasing the size of its military force for its military campaign in Ukraine. Alexander Bastrykin, the head of Russia’s Investigative Committee, mentioned that the country is intensifying efforts to target immigrants who have Russian citizenship but have not registered with the military.

“We’ve identified over 30,000 individuals who have citizenship but have chosen not to register for military service and have been added to the list,” Bastrykin stated, referring to a roster of eligible men for the draft. “Around 10,000 have been deployed to the area of the special military operation,” he added, using the official term for Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.

“We have identified more than 30,000 individuals who received citizenship but did not want to register for military service and added them to the list,” Bastrykin said, referring to a database of men eligible for the draft. “Already around 10,000 have been deployed to the area of the special military operation,” he added, using the official term for Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.

Millions of migrant workers, predominantly from Central Asia, live in Russia, often in low-wage jobs and substandard living conditions to remit money to their families. Lately, as Russia has faced labor shortages, the process for these migrants to obtain Russian citizenship has been made easier. This citizenship is attractive to many as it simplifies the bureaucratic process of living and working in Russia.

However, obtaining Russian citizenship also means these migrants are obligated to register with military authorities and, if called upon, serve in the military. Bastrykin pointed out that some migrants have begun to “slowly leave” the country due to heightened inspections and enforcement.

Rising anti-migrant sentiment in Russia, particularly following a terrorist attack on a concert hall in Moscow in March that led to over 140 deaths, has led to increased scrutiny of migrant workplaces and living areas. This has prompted politicians to call for a tougher approach towards migration.

The conscription of naturalized citizens and the crackdown on those who refuse to register for military service highlight the challenges and pressures Russia faces in maintaining its military operations in Ukraine. This situation sheds light on the difficulties and trade-offs that migrant workers in Russia encounter when balancing the advantages of citizenship with the responsibilities and risks it brings.

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