Russia is the birthplace of Russians: what is the meaning of the new migration policy

At the 6th World Congress of Compatriots, Vladimir Putin announced that he had signed a new concept of the migration policy of Russia, which would remove many obstacles to the return of our compatriots to the country and their acquisition of Russian citizenship, regardless of their place of residence.

The president’s speech as a whole represents a kind of ideological upheaval in Russian state policy, which for many decades had been based on the principle “just not to offend anyone” and on the fearful denunciation of any association of Russia with the Russian people.

This time, the head of state decisively declared that it is “Russianness” that is the beginning that binds the representatives of many ethnic groups living now in many countries, into “one big, huge Russian world that has never been built solely and exclusively along ethnic lines. national or religious grounds. He collected and united all those who are spiritually connected with Russia, who feel a spiritual connection with our homeland, who consider themselves to be the carriers of the Russian language, culture, and Russian history. ”

Putin stressed that today this Russian world is threatened by a real rampant Russophobia, which literally overwhelms foreign countries, especially those that have separated after the collapse of the USSR. “Russophobia, unfortunately, other forms of extreme, aggressive nationalism are also taking place. In Ukraine, which is no secret, in the Baltic countries, in a number of other states history is being rewritten, there is a struggle with monuments, with the Russian language. People are intimidated and simply terrorized. The natural desire of each person to preserve their national roots is declared a crime, separatism. The right to freedom of speech, to preserve their traditions is grossly violated. For some of our compatriots for political reasons, bans on professions are imposed. ”

Particularly noteworthy is the phrase about separatism, clearly referring to what is happening in the Donbas and in Ukraine. The president gave the cause for which people are fighting there a clear definition: “the desire to preserve their national roots.” The thing is, therefore, not only that the residents of Donbass do not like the illegitimate government and fascists marching on the Maidan, but also that they want to remain themselves, Russians. Moreover, this identity is not just a record in the passport - the dead Alexander Zakharchenko was written in the document "Ukrainian", but he always considered himself Russian and spoke of the need for unity with Russia.

The president promised that Russia would make every effort to ensure that the Russian language was not forgotten and the tradition was not suppressed. “We are interested in the fact that young compatriots living abroad do not lose their roots, their“ Russianness ”, if you can say so, do not lose touch with their homeland.”

This is a very important formulation, since it is finally officially recognized that it is “Russianness” that makes the compatriot, and not, for example, the fact of birth on the territory of the USSR. It is the “Russianness” that establishes the connection between man and Russia. It is “Russianness” that makes Russia a homeland. And now it turns out that Russia is the birthplace of Russians.

This is, in fact, of the great importance of a coup in the entire national and migration policy of the country. The fact is that until now Russian officials categorically refused to introduce the criterion of ethnocultural distinction into the issue of citizenship. Since it turned out to be "intolerant" and "could offend other nations."

There was a kind of legal formalism that could not be reflected in the law: some offered the right to Russian citizenship to all those born in the USSR, which promised us millions and millions of migrant workers with Russian passports. Others solved the equation through “ancestors on the territory of the Russian Federation”, thereby cutting off from the right to citizenship all the inhabitants of Ukraine and Belarus, who lived for centuries on these lands, but considered and considered themselves Russian.

As a result, a paradoxical situation developed. On the basis of an ethnicity, Circassians from Turkey and Kalmyks from China returned to Russia. On the basis of interstate agreements, citizens of Kyrgyzstan received passports (where, in parallel with this, holidays were established in honor of the mass cutting of Russians during the 1916 uprising of the year). But the Russians could not return, as there was no place for us in the law or in the bureaucratic space.

In many republics of the former USSR, the situation turned into, in fact, a moral, cultural, political, economic, and sometimes physical terror against the Russians, who had no place to escape. Moreover, our migration authorities, with some mysterious frenzy, were engaged in catching and marking Russian compatriots as illegal migrants.

The President promised a serious shift from the dead point in this issue: “Today I have signed a new version of the State Migration Policy Concept. It is aimed, among other things, at creating more comfortable conditions for resettlement of compatriots from abroad to Russia for permanent residence, as well as at creating clear rules for entry and obtaining the right to reside, work, and acquire Russian citizenship. ”

I hope that this new policy will work. And it will be a prologue to the next, even more decisive step, which is inevitable. Recognition for all Russians of the automatic right to obtain Russian citizenship upon appeal to the consulate. Moreover, under the Russians, not only those who are recorded in the birth certificate to the Russians, but also those who are marked there as Ukrainian and Belarusian should understand them. The separation of these three peoples was carried out by the Soviet authorities absolutely artificially and arbitrarily, without any consideration of the personal national identity of the people.

Of course, this should require knowledge of the Russian language and, of course, certain checks should be carried out to see if the horse has decided to get a Russian passport from Maidan. But all this should not change the main principle: every Russian has the right to Russian citizenship, because Russia is the home of Russians and our people have no other home in this world. And the more people around the world will recognize Russia as their homeland, the stronger it will stand.


Yegor Kholmogorov

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