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Putin Likely To Follow Lukashenka’s Plans And Restrict Free Exit Of Russians – OpEd


One of the most cherished rights Russians received at the time of the collapse of the USSR was the right to leave and then re-enter their country freely.


But now that Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka is preparing to strip his people of that right, Vladimir Putin is likely to do the same in Russia, according to Leonid Nevzlin.

“Putin carefully follows how repressive measures are developed in Russia – and only then tightens the screws in Russia,” the longtime Russian émigré in Israel says. And with talk about brain drains and the need for manpower in the air, now may be a suitable time for him to take this step (

The Kremlin leader may be the one who formally takes this step, but the Russian people have only themselves to blame, Nevzlin says. “Those who have given up their right to choose their government and haven’t supported freedom of assembly or speech and the sacred nature of private property shouldn’t be surprised or depressed that this right will be taken away as well.”

Paul Goble

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. He has served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Goble maintains the Window on Eurasia blog and can be contacted directly at [email protected] .

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