The British Ministry of Defense said that Russia is taking passports from government industry employees and increasing the discontent of public officials to prevent them from fleeing abroad.
Russian officials and employees of state companies are “increasingly disaffected” and now considered a flight risk by a government that is subjecting them to “increasingly strict foreign travel restrictions,” the Defense Ministry said. He said In their frequent update of Ukrainian war intelligence.
The MoD has claimed that these extreme moves are necessary to “prevent the desertion or defection of increasingly disaffected officials,” noting that some “would likely have their passports confiscated… Personnel closer to the center of power face tighter restrictions; Kremlin officials barred from all leisure trips.” international”.
The illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine continues.
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– Department of Defense (DefenceHQ) March 15, 2023
The intelligence update indicated that these restrictions could continue to tighten over time and would involve a larger group of state employees.
The move to prevent defections probably does not augur levels of support for Putin’s impeachment in his war against Ukraine, even at the top of the Russian society from which Kremlin officials would hail. Britain’s Ministry of Defense compares the development to moves by Russia during the Cold War, when travel between the communist countries of the Soviet Union for work and leisure was possible for many, but going abroad was more difficult.
The following are the claims of the British Ministry of Defense Similar reports Independent passport holders The media in Russian last week with quoting reports An investigation alleged that civil servants with access to state secrets were required to hand over their passports to State Security for “safekeeping.” Allegedly, those who refused were given the option to resign from their positions.
In other cases, it is claimed that the passports of lower-level employees in Russian state companies may not be confiscated, if they apply for overseas vacation outside of Russia’s allied countries, their vacation application will be denied. . Allegedly, the latest crackdown — similar, though less severe, restrictions have been in place since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 — After a Russian politician went on vacation to Mexico Earlier this year, causing a scandal in Russia.
The move to snatch passports from government officials contrasts oddly with the enthusiasm shown by the Russian state for granting passports in Ukraine. As part of a campaign to colonize newly occupied territories, officials are issuing Russian passports to Ukrainian citizens in what has been described as a “fast-track” system. By February 2022, some 720,000 people had been granted the papers in this way, it has been claimed.
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