Thousands of desperate Russians are fleeing to Mexico seeking asylum

독특한: ‘If you post that you are against war they will come after you.Thousands of desperate Russians are seeking asylum in the US by way of Mexico where no visas are necessary as they flee Putin’s political persecution and conscription

  • As Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine last week, Russians topped the list of nationalities seeking help in the US, ahead of Cubans and Armenians
  • In the first two months of 2022, 5,984 Russians sought asylum compared to just 3,893 in the whole of 2021, according to Custom and Border Protection figures
  • Video diaries show how fleeing Russians travel to Mexico and then make their way to Tijuana on the US border in Baja California
  • They then hand themselves to the border guards and request asylum
  • Dmitry Politov, 29, tells DailyMail.com he was forced to leave Russia after outspoken anti-Putin campaigner Alexei Navalny was arrested in January 2021
  • Politov now lives in Sacramento, 캘리포니아, and says he will not return to Russia while Putin is in charge
  • Mexico is one of the few countries that allow Russians visa-free travel, making the US a better option than Western Europe where getting a visa is difficult
  • Miami-based immigration lawyer Ekaterina Mouratova told DailyMail.com, ‘They’re scared Russia is going to become the next Cuba
  • Thousands of desperate Russians fleeing conscription and political persecution by Vladimir Putin’s goons are claiming asylum on the US- crossing over from 멕시코and creating instructional videos showing others how to do it, DailyMail.com은.

    In the first two months of 2022 혼자, 5,984 Russians sought asylum compared to just 3,893 in the whole of 2021 according to Custom and Border Protection figures.

    결과적으로, Russians are now the number one nationality seeking help at refugee shelters run by the San Diego Rapid Response Network – a charity that coordinates shelter and legal advice for asylum seekers.

    지난주, as Putin’s forces invaded 우크라이나, Russians topped the list of nationalities seeking help in the US, ahead of Cubans and Armenians.

    Video diaries show how fleeing Russians travel to Mexico – one of the few countries that allow them visa-free travel – and then make their way to Tijuana on the US border in Baja California.

    거기에서, they cross into the US via the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry – handing themselves over to border guards and requesting asylum.

    Dmitry Politov, 29, said he was forced to leave Russia after outspoken anti-Putin campaigner Alexei Navalny was arrested in January 2021. Politov now lives in Sacramento, 캘리포니아, and says he will not return to Russia while Putin is in charge

    Dmitry Politov, 29, said he was forced to leave Russia after outspoken anti-Putin campaigner Alexei Navalny was arrested in January 2021. Politov now lives in Sacramento, 캘리포니아, and says he will not return to Russia while Putin is in charge

    In the first two months of 2022, 5,984 Russians sought asylum compared to just 3,893 in the whole of 2021 according to Custom and Border Protection figures

    In the first two months of 2022, 5,984 Russians sought asylum compared to just 3,893 in the whole of 2021 according to Custom and Border Protection figures








    Russians have been crossing into the US via the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry – handing themselves to the border guards and requesting asylum

    One video seen by DailyMail.com is titled ‘Mexico-USA border in Tijuana and Political Asylum in America!’ and was posted by a man named Igor from the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in San Diego – currently being used as a quarantine shelter for refugees.

    Other clips show families with small children and men hoping to avoid conscription as well as political dissidents and groups facing religious discrimination.

    Politov worked for a close colleague of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (사진). He said he fled to the US last August after Putin announced plans to prosecute supporters of his FKB anti-corruption organization

    Politov worked for a close colleague of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (사진). He said he fled to the US last August after Putin announced plans to prosecute supporters of his FKB anti-corruption organization

    Destinations include New York City, Seattle and Sacramento – all of which have large Russian populations.

    Miami-based immigration lawyer Ekaterina Mouratova told DailyMail.com: ‘When the situation in Ukraine broke out, I had hundreds of emails and calls from both sides – from Ukrainians which is understandable but also from Russian people who are scared.

    ‘They’re scared Russia is going to become the next Cuba.

    그녀는 덧붙였다: ‘There has been a big increase in the Russian speaking population who arrive in Mexico to request asylum at the US southern border.

    ‘Because the political situation has deteriorated, it pushed people out. It has increased [the numbers] dramatically.

    Mouratova says Mexico is one of the few countries that allows Russians visa-free travel, making the US a better option than Western Europe where getting a visa is virtually impossible.

    Among the Russians to make the journey is Dmitry Politov, 29, who said he was forced to leave Russia after outspoken anti-Putin campaigner Alexei Navalny was arrested in January 2021.

    Politov, who worked for Navalny’s close colleague Lyubov Sobol, said he fled to the US last August after Putin announced plans to prosecute supporters of his FKB anti-corruption organization.

    Mexico is one of the few countries that allow Russians visa-free travel, making the US a better option than Western Europe where getting a visa is difficult

    Mexico is one of the few countries that allow Russians visa-free travel, making the US a better option than Western Europe where getting a visa is difficult

    One video seen by DailyMail.com is titled 'Mexico-USA border in Tijuana and Political Asylum in America!' and was posted by a man named Igor from the Four Points by Sheraton hotel (사진) in San Diego ¿ currently being used as a quarantine shelter for refugees

    One video seen by DailyMail.com is titled ‘Mexico-USA border in Tijuana and Political Asylum in America!’ and was posted by a man named Igor from the Four Points by Sheraton hotel (사진) in San Diego – currently being used as a quarantine shelter for refugees

    Speaking in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Politov said: ‘The Russian authorities, headed by Putin, decided to completely get rid of dissent and began to clear the political field.

    ‘I was a politically active person, I was not afraid to express my opinion. I am a supporter of Navalny. I went to pickets and was not afraid to declare my position.

    ‘After the FBK was officially named an extremist organization by the Russian authorities, they said people who support Navalny can be prosecuted for aiding and abetting.

    ‘It became clear that staying in Russia is dangerous to life and freedom.

    29세, who documented his journey to the US in a YouTube video, told DailyMail.com how he flew to Cancun before getting a flight to Mexico City to avoid detection.

    They’re scared Russia is going to become the next Cuba
    Immigration lawyer Ekaterina Mouratova

    거기에서, he made his way to Tijuana, crossing the border with a friend called Vitaly Kovalev on the night of August 17.

    He said the crossing was made on the second attempt: they were turned around the first time and spent two nights in immigration detention in Tijuana but were then allowed to claim asylum at San Ysidro before being released into the US.

    According to Mouratova, the majority of Russia asylum claims are successful. 그녀가 말했다: ‘Conscription for men is a big reason but political opinion also.

    ‘They say nowadays that even if you post on Instagram or Facebook that you are against war or you know someone who does, they will come after you.

    ‘People who went out to rallies are being detained and people are telling me, you don’t even have to go to a rally or speak out publicly – you can just post something online or like a picture. People are getting really oppressed.

    29세, who documented his journey to the US in a YouTube video, told DailyMail.com how he flew to Cancun before getting a flight to Mexico City to avoid detection

    29세, who documented his journey to the US in a YouTube video, told DailyMail.com how he flew to Cancun before getting a flight to Mexico City to avoid detection

    Politov now lives in Sacramento, 캘리포니아, and says he will not return to Russia while Putin is in charge.

    The 29-year-old is firmly opposed to the war in Ukraine and said the Ukrainians can expect little mercy from Putin.

    그는 말했다: ‘I take it negatively. This is a pointless war. It became possible thanks to many years of propaganda in the Russian media.

    ‘Putin has taken away the future of millions of Russians. It is very sad that the Russian people will now be associated in the world not with achievements in space, science and art, but with war and the shame that will inevitably follow it.

    그는 덧붙였다: ‘Putin cannot tolerate free people. He will take revenge on the Ukrainians for their rebelliousness in the Crimean issue, in the Donbas issue and in their unwillingness to accept the puppet president – Viktor Yanukovych.

    ‘Putin is ready to take extreme measures so as not to lose. It is important for him to be a tough guy otherwise his environment will destroy him.