Lithuania has revoked 135 resident permits of Russian residents amid the battle in Ukraine, based on migration authorities
Officers in Lithuania – which is a member of each NATO and the EU – are telling the Russians residing within the nation to fill out a questionnaire to determine whether or not they pose a safety menace or not, Euronews has reported.
Amongst different issues, Russian residents are being requested about their angle in direction of the battle in Ukraine, in addition to about what nation they consider to be the rightful proprietor of Crimea, the broadcaster, which has seen the shape, claimed on Wednesday.
The responses within the questionnaires are then used to determine if a foreigner “poses a menace to state safety” or society, which, based on Lithuanian legal guidelines, could be grounds for the removing of their residence allow.
Based on knowledge from Lithuania’s Migration Division, 38 Russians have been kicked out of the Baltic nation in 2022 for being deemed a menace, and 97 extra have had permits revoked this yr thus far. It brings the entire variety of Russian residents who’ve misplaced their Lithuanian permits for the reason that starting of the battle to 135.
Final week, the Lithuanian State Safety Division (VSD) introduced the expulsion of Russian journalist Vladimir Vodo from the nation.
“Taking into consideration the present geopolitical scenario” the journalist grew to become a safety threat, the company instructed Euronews. He had “disloyal views in direction of Lithuania, disseminates pro-Russian propaganda in social media and had contacts with Russian and Belarusian intelligence providers,” it claimed.
Vodo has been residing in Lithuania since 1989, when it was nonetheless a part of the Soviet Union. He instructed Information.ru that he’s being ordered to return to Russia, despite the truth that he has no supply of earnings or place to remain there. The journalist added that he now wouldn’t be capable to deal with his 86-year-old mom, who’s a Lithuanian citizen.
In June, Russian Overseas Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova labeled the Lithuanian authorities “the principle enemy” of Lithuania. She claimed that “1 / 4 of the Lithuanian inhabitants has disappeared over the previous 30 years” as a result of insurance policies pursued by Vilnius. Zakharova famous that the inhabitants of Lithuania was virtually 4 million after the collapse of the USSR in 1991, however now it doesn’t even meet three million.