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Refuseniks from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine say no to war

Uploaded 06.10.2022

(29.09.2022) On the occasion of Refugee Day on 30 September, PRO ASYL and Connection e.V. present voices of conscientious objectors from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. All of them are threatened with criminal proceedings in their countries of origin and need protection from persecution. The German government is to make generous use of their options to grant humanitarian visas.

"My family supports me"

Interview with Maksim Gaidukov, conscientious objector from Russia

Uploaded 06.10.2022

(15.08.2022) 20 year-old Maksim Gaidukov traveled to Germany just days after the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine. He is working as a model in Berlin and has been granted temporary residence permit.

"There is nothing to be proud of"

Interview with Mark Romankov, conscientious objector from Russia

Uploaded 06.10.2022

(15.08.2022) Mark Romankov, aged 22, had attended university in Germany for some prior to 2022. It was during the days just before the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops that he returned to Germany – and sought asylum just there soon after.

"I cannot compromise on that matter"

Interview with Ilja Owtscharenko, conscientious objector from Ukraine

Uploaded 06.10.2022

(05.09.2022) The 36-year-old Ukrainian Ilja Owtscharenko keeps staying in Hungary at his workplace in order to not be recruited for the war. He has posted several videos to promote conscientious objection.