Berlin wants to make it easier to obtain visas for Russian opponents

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The German government will soon issue long-term residence permits to Russian journalists and political dissidents who have taken refuge in Germany. To date, the latter only have short-stay Schengen visas which do not allow them to work. In Berlin, Maksim Kournikov, deputy editor of the “Echo of Moscow” radio station, hopes to return to service as soon as possible.

The German government is in the process of facilitating the issuance of long-term residence permits to Russian journalists and political dissidents. An initiative that should allow many Russians in exile to resume their activities in Germany. For the time being, the latter only have short-stay Schengen visas, without the possibility of working, unlike the Ukrainian exiles.

In Berlin, journalists and dissidents hope to quickly break the deadlock and get back to work. This is the case of Maksim Kournikov, deputy editor of the radio station “Echo of Moscow” and journalist Macha Mayers. A report by Anne Maillet, Willy Mahler and Nick Spicer.

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