Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Russian anti-gay law contributes to hundreds of asylum requests per year in US


The Washington Blade has a story by Michael J. Lavers about a Russian lesbian who move to Baltimore from Moscow in October, link here. The story did not give last names, and did not say how the couple was supported or how any efforts for political asylum might be progressing.
  
The story suggested that the Obama administration could freeze the US assets of Russian officials under the Magnitsky Act, for human rights violations as well as aggression in the Ukraine.  The woman in the story was born near the Ukraine border.
  
Radio Free Europe reports that applications for political asylum from Russia jumped 15% in 2014, with 969 seekers in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2014, story here
   
It is hard to see how the people are funded or housed once they are here.  Nobody discusses that, and policymakers won’t mention it.  

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