Russian defectors can get asylum in Sweden, if they risk being forced to commit war crimes

General view of a Swedish flag. Sweden’s Migration Agency has now lowered its forecast for how many Russian asylum seekers will come to Sweden this year to 800. (Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
  • Roughly 150 Russian men have applied for asylum in Sweden since the partial mobilization in Russia last year.
  • They may be able to get asylum in Sweden if they can prove that they would be forced to commit war crimes in Ukraine if they joined the Russian army, the Swedish Migration Agency says.
  • It can, however, be difficult for Russians to get into the EU today as some countries are no longer issuing tourist visas to them.
Radio Sweden

For more on how Russian defectors can get asylum in Sweden,  listen to Radio Sweden’s full report.

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