Ombudsman calls on senior administration to protect Moldovans in Russia

Ombudsman Ceslav Panico made an approach to the President, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, asking to make additional effort to create a protection mechanism for the Moldovan citizens who are in Russia, which would facilitate the free travel to the Republic of Moldova. The ombudsman noted that he has been contacted by Moldovans who settled in Russia and want to return home but have their IDs expired, IPN reports.

“The protection of the own citizens cannot be limited to the jurisdictional boundaries of the state and the public authorities should contribute to the protection of the own citizens who are abroad and should urgently identify the current problems related to the human rights and freedoms so as to take into consideration the influence of particular factors on a person and the rights of this. I now refer in particular to the citizens of the Republic of Moldova who are in the Russian Federation and risk being enrolled in the armed forces of this without their consent or without being offered alternatives,” stated Ceslav Panico.

The ombudsman noted that the Moldovans who contacted him told him that they want to return home but have their IDs expired. They complained that they meet with difficulties in renewing the papers at the embassy and the consular offices. Furthermore, the Moldovan citizens experience difficulties in identifying accessible and swift methods of travelling to the Republic of Moldova, with the latter generating concern about the protection of individual freedoms.

“Also, my concerns are based on the recent statements made by the commissioner for human rights of the Russian Federation, who noted that the Russian legislation should be modified so that the citizens of other states naturalized in Russia could be enrolled in the ordinary armed forces up to the age of 45-50. Respectively, it is underlined that a considerable number of citizens of the Republic of Moldova who kept the nationality of our state but there are assimilated to the citizens of the Russian Federation are now on the territory of the aggressor state,” said the ombudsman.

According to him, there is an imminent risk that the rights and freedoms of these persons will be violated by the proposed amendments.

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