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Where's The Fatherland For Mikryukov?

Some may call this post inflammatory, but nonetheless, I will still write what I feel.

This is Stanislav Mikryukov, and he is a journalist who lives in the city of Tomsk.

He is a restless journalist, and thus is always badgering the local authorities and siloviki (state officials associated with military or intelligence).

In particular, it was he who informed the residents of Tomsk region that the head of the local police department, who lives in a very cramped home of 360 square meters, had used state funds to buy for himself another apartment of 192 square meters in the center of town as well.

Mikryukov was born in the same country in which the majority of us were also born -- in the USSR. More specifically, he was born in the territory of Uzbekistan.
Then, like the vast majority of Russians, he left for the country where Russians generally flee to when they are expelled from where they are living -- to Russia.

For the last 15 years, Mikryukov has been living in Tomsk.

And now in his own words:
I, Mikryukov Stanislav Yurevich, an ethnic Russian, born in the Republic of Uzbekistan (I have an Uzbek passport), have lived here, for 15 years already, on Russia territory in the city of Tomsk. And all these years, thanks to the deliberate opposition of the state executive branch in the Tomsk region, I have unsuccessfully tried to receive Russian citizenship.

I'll start with my public statement, which was published on February 20, 2012. Two days earlier, on February 18 in Tomsk, on Novosobornaya Square during the "Solidarity" rally, "For Fair Elections," I was detained "by force" by drunk police officers and taken to the Federal Migration Service department of the Kirovsky district of Tomsk. There they tried to incriminate me with the so-called "administrative offense" (violation of the required registration by foreign citizens), followed by the cancellation of my stay in Russia and expulsion from the country.

During the weekend, they put together an administrative report regarding me, and after a call from above, the Deputy Head of the Federal Migration Service of the Tomsk region, Dmitry Romanov, arrived in person. As a result, I was fined 2,000 rubles and was promised another fine soon".


And further:

Then, workers from Federal Migration Service arrived. They delivered to me these 3 notifications:
- Refusal of a residence permit;
- My removal from the registration record;
- The cancellation of my temporary residence permit.
They said to leave within 14 days.

[scanned document; underlined in red: "You must leave Russian territory in 15 days; You will face deportation if you do not leave by then"]

I do not even want to write about the obvious political pressure on journalists. This unlawful deportation is simply a way to shut up him up and stop his publications, etc.
This is obvious. In this sense, his story very much resembles that of the The New Times journalist Natalya Morar, who was declared an "undesirable person" in Russia after the publishing about the "black cash of the Kremlin."

Let's consider this story from a nationalistic and patriotic perspective.

Straight up, without irony.

Based on the name of Mikryukov, written on his papers, and his appearance, he is a Russian.

He is Russian, who wants to live in Russia and has been living there for 15 years already.
No matter what is written anywhere, this fact makes it impossible to deport Mikryukov.
For political, moral, and any number of reasons, including common sense.

Where should he go? Where is the country for Mikryukov?

All these event bring us to the bigger question of Russian life.
For what do we build and protect our political system? To sell oil and natural gas?
To supply our leaders with blue lights and black Mercedes?
To give Russian citizenship to elderly French alcoholics who disagree with the tax system in their own country?

Or did we build a country so that someone such as Mikryukov, with his Russian appearance, would be free to live, work and start a family?

This is not chauvinism.
If this was not the Russian Mikryukov, but the Tatar Minihanov, the Ossetian Dzagoev, or the Tuvan Shoigu-Ool, then it would be understood in exactly the same way.

There is no other country for a Russian, Tatar or Tuvan. They built Russia. With hard work, with conflicts and tragedies, and as a result of a long historical process, what was built is what is here now.
This is that country, and we live here.

How can some scum from the Tomsk Migration Service now expel Russians from the very country that they created?

The people who took this decision and those who stand behind him are enemies of the people.

We have long needed a law which states that if citizens, who are Russian or one of the other indigenous peoples of the Russian Federation, do not have a state to call their own, then they should have the right to be automatically granted Russian citizenship.
Show any document of yours, or your parents, where your ethnicity is shown- and you are welcome.
Something just like this has been done in Israel and Georgia, for example.
Right of return

It is clear that while Putin and "United Russia" are in power, such a law will not be passed, for they only want to give citizenship to Tajiks with Uzbek passports. They are quiet, obedient, illiterate. They will not circulate articles about policemen’s apartments. They are only a source of cheap labor and votes.

But even in the absence of the necessary legal regulation, it should be the same, and we should have some kind of social contract or civil/national consensus: it is impossible to deport a Russian from Russia.
You cannot and that is all. Everything is meaningless if not.
We do not have any kind of state then. There would be only Disneyland for the oligarchs and top officials.

Originally posted by navalny on Jan. 16th, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Translated by Contentious Politics Russia Blog

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