Exodus of Chechens from 'prospering' Chechnya baffles Europe

"One Chechen village per week, and a small town per month are transferred through the Belarus-Poland border, most of them Chechens. Then try to sneak into Germany and get asylum there, many succeed in this", writes a German paper, Frankfurter Allgemeine, with reference to police officers. In the morning, more than a hundred people from Chechnya can be seen near railways station ticket offices in the Belorussian city of Brest, and the same pattern is observed here every day. According to German ministry of interior, 9,957 Russian citizens, and nearly 90% of them came from Chechnya, applied for asylum in Germany during the first half of 2013 versus only 3,200 applications last year.


The West believes that Belarus eased border controls for travelers to the EU. Belorussian police are well aware how many people are waiting in Belarus for a proper opportunity to cross the border to the West - these are 20,000 people. Last year 19,000 people entered Poland, 11,000 had to go back, but 8,000 were able to stay. In Poland, there are only eight centers for temporary refuge, so two thirds of those who successfully crossed the Belorussian-Polish border immediately "disappear" and go further to the West, mainly to Germany, although they are required by law to wait for a decision on their application for asylum in Poland. When a train with potential migrants comes to Poland, those who have a permission to enter the country are allowed to leave the train. After that the border police start questioning those who are left behind in the station building and listen to their stories. Those, whose stories are unconvincing for the police, are sent back on the same train to Brest a few hours later, and then they make a next trial.


According to German police, "big money is involved" in smuggling the Chechens across the border. Local people (Poles, Belorussians, Germans) make good money on migrants - they sell tickets at inflated prices and rent the housing. Recently, a Chechen family with three children filed an application for asylum in Germany and now has a chance to earn an income, which most people in the North Caucasus can only dream of. News of this spread like wildfire because those who left have excellent ties with those who remained so far at home, the newspaper writes. Meanwhile, refugees from Chechnya give quite different reasons, forcing them to leave their homeland. The main reason for the mass exodus of Chechens is inability to endure psychologically monstrous outrage and humiliation to which the residents of Chechnya are exposed daily from Kadyrovites. In an interview with the Chechen Service of Radio Liberty, one of the leaders of the Chechen diaspora in Poland quoted Chechen refugees who are forced to languish in Polish camps: "We can not psychologically endure humiliation and abuse from Kadyrovites. They do what they want, kidnap whom they want, kill whom they want, seize property from whoever they want ... If you take up arms and go to the mountains, they immediately call you terrorists ... People can not tolerate this lawlessness, withstand it psychologically, that is why so many are leaving. As for the fact that they built something there, it is not for the common people, but for themselves ... " Department of Monitoring Kavkaz Center

Publication time: 3 August 2013, 01:56
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