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Russian activist applies for asylum in the Netherlands

Wednesday 27 June 2012

Russian activist Aleksander Dolmatov, arrested last month during a demonstration opposing president Vladimir Putin, has applied for political asylum in the Netherlands.

'A boss in the defence firm where I work told an Izvestia journalist they will kill me,' Dolmatov is quoted by the Volkskrant as saying in a telephone interview from a Dutch refugee centre.

The paper says Dolmatov was arrested during the demonstration on May 6 for 'not cooperating with the police' and his parents' home was searched on June 10.

'I have been in the Netherlands since June 9 but the search and the fact the police told my parents they are looking for me prompted me to apply for asylum on June 13 - which is a big decision,' he told the paper.

Dolmatov, who works for a company which produces tactical rockets, is a member of the opposition movement Another Russia.

Should Dolmatov be given asylum? Have your say in the comments box below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Of course he should be given asylum. Anyone who thinks that Russia under Putin the Thug is a fair place where any dissent will be tolerated should take fewer drugs.

By Ronen Ben-Hai | 27 June 2012 11:15 AM

Yes, I think he should be granted asylum in the Netherlands because he has not done anything wrong according to Dutch law. On the other hand, his life is in danger in Russia just for asking for his right for democracy in Russia.

By m r m | 27 June 2012 11:54 AM

This man's asylum claim should be based on his ability to integrate into Dutch society.

By Phil | 27 June 2012 12:08 PM

Of course he should be given! And all other revolutionaries too.

By Ivan | 27 June 2012 12:35 PM

One more Russian spy is moving in to the Netherlands. Unless he will give up Russian state secrets. But in this case he is a traitor, not a refugee. But, in any case, the whole system of asylum in the Netherlands is totaly corrupted, so, who cares. It's all just a political sharade.

By Eric | 27 June 2012 1:20 PM

Good one Phil... yes he should have to pass the Inburgering exam first! Otherwise get sent back home for some plutonium poisoning. You MUST be Dutch Phil?

By Sharon | 27 June 2012 8:56 PM

@Phil. Do you know asylum seekers are not allowed to integrate before they get a residence permit? How then can this man demonstrate his ability to integrate?

By Frankyzilla | 26 January 2013 4:04 PM

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