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Ella Pamfilova requested to extend period of temporary accommodation of Ukrainian citizens in Russia

25 February 2016

High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova submitted an official petition to Prime Minister of the Russian Federation requesting to extend a period of temporary accommodation of certain categories of Ukrainian citizens in the territory of Russia until 31 December 2016.

In particular, the High Commissioner suggested establishing special commissions empowered to petition the Federal Migration Service agencies for the inclusion of respective Ukrainian citizens in the lists of people who need the state support. Ms Pamfilova also suggested authorising local branches of the Russian Federal Migration Service, in the light of the above petition, to extend the term of stay of the aforementioned citizens in temporary accommodation centres (hereinafter TACs) until 31 December 2016.

Ms Pamfilova stressed that such a decision should be based on the evidence preventing people from returning to their homeland, regardless of the place of their previous residence in the territory of Ukraine.

The High Commissioner also noted that not all Ukrainian citizens who are currently in TACs in the territory of Russia can return to their homeland, because even if there is no fighting in the unrecognized republics challenges related to medication provision, medical aid, education, social and other assistance continue to exist.

At present, the Ukrainian citizens who arrived on a massive scale to Russia in 2014 face problem of eviction from TACs. Numerous appeals addressed to the High Commissioner indicate that there are attempts to evict forcibly from TACs single mothers with children, the disabled and the elderly, who do not meet the criteria of the Russian Federation Government Decrees No. 1502 as of 26 December 2014 and No. 37 as of 26 January 2016. 

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