The authorities of the two Central Asian countries warned their citiznes of liability under their own laws for participation in military operations on the territory of other countries. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Uzbekistan said that labor migrants in Russia may be held liable if they take part in hostilities in the territory of a third country.
At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan appealed to its citizens on the territory of other states about their responsibility for participating in hostilities. The Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in Russia warned the citizens of the country living on the territory of Russia from participating in armed conflicts on the territory of foreign states and reminded them of criminal liability.
The statements of the official authorities of the two countries came against the background of the announcement in Russia of the partial mobilization of citizens with experience in military service.
This was preceded by the adoption in Russia of a procedure for the accelerated issuance of citizenship to foreigners who have entered into a contract for military service.
In connection with the decisions taken by the Russian authorities, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that a convenient infrastructure is being created in the city in the Sakharovo migration center for foreign citizens to enter the military service. The new procedure provides that migrants who have served for a year will be able to apply for Russian citizenship without a residence permit and without permanent residence for 5 years in Russia.
In this regard, the Uzbek authorities appealed to their labor migrants in Russia not to respond to such proposals. “We call on compatriots living in foreign countries not to join the armed forces, not to participate in hostilities, and once again we warn that such actions entail criminal liability,” the Prosecutor General’s Office of Uzbekistan wrote in a statement. If such cases are discovered, they face imprisonment for a fixed period of five to ten years in their homeland.
In connection with the decision of the Russian authorities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan appealed to its citizens. “We warn citizens of Kyrgyzstan temporarily residing in Russia from participating in armed conflicts or hostilities on the territory of foreign states for which criminal liability has been established,” the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in Moscow announced.
The appeal states that, in accordance with the Criminal Code, the participation of citizens of Kyrgyzstan in hostilities on the territory of foreign states is punishable by imprisonment for up to ten years with confiscation of property.
In Tajikistan, there have not yet been such warnings from the responsible structures regarding their migrants who are in labor migration in Russia.
Sept. 22, 2022