Yesterday, May 9, at Bolshaya Pisarevka checkpoint (Sumy region - Ed.), a citizen of the Russian Federation addressed Ukrainian border guards with a request to grant him political asylum in Ukraine, according to a statement published on the State Border Service’s website.
“The man was heading to Ukraine on foot and submitted for control his Russian national passport. He also said that he wanted to obtain a refugee status in connection with the prosecution on the territory of Russia,” says the statement.
The State Border Service of Ukraine jointly with the SBU (State Security Service) officers established that the citizen of the Russian Federation had participated in rallies and political actions in support of Ukraine.
“The Russian also said that he was repeatedly detained by Russian law enforcement agencies and subjected to physical duress for his activities,” reads the statement.
As of now, the man is sent to the Division of the Migration Service.