28 Oct 2022 7:33 pm
Hundreds of thousands of Russian citizens left the country this year. The reasons for this were the start of the special military operation on February 24 and partial mobilization on September 21. Valentina Matviyenko, chairwoman of the Russian Federation Council, said she was confident most of them would return. But not all are welcome.
The Speaker of the Russian Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian Parliament, Valentina Matviyenko is sure that those who left Russia will definitely return. The politician emphasizes that, above all, it cannot be legally prohibited.
“According to the constitution, every citizen has the right to travel to where he wants and then to return. He cannot be prevented from doing so unless he has committed a crime in the country where he is.”
In particular, Matviyenko emphasizes the emotional side of this question. Many returned from abroad out of homesickness and longing for their families.
“In terms of the emotional aspect, I’m sure most of them will return. Everyone thinks it’s paradise on earth, it’s so good abroad, they’re waiting for them there. And then the uncertainty begins, then the uncertainty begins nostalgia for the homeland, the parental home, family, friends, classmates and fellow students, which is characteristic of every Russian.”
At the same time, Matviyenko wants Russians abroad who speak negatively about Russia to stay there.
“And for those who stay abroad and throw dirt at their homeland, I don’t want them to come back. They probably fit what Churchill said: ‘Sometimes you have to simulate a shipwreck in order for the rats to do it leave the sinking ship.'”
According to the forbes-Source in the Russian presidential administration 700,000 people left the country only in the period from September 21 to October 7. Although partial mobilization has been declared complete in Moscow and some other regions of Russia, the majority still remain abroad. According to air carriers, there is currently no increased demand for return flights from Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, where most had left.
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