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Round Table: Passport Policy as a Tool for the Kremlin's Hybrid Influence on the Post-Soviet Space

The Center for Army, Conversion, and Disarmament Studies participated in an expert discussion on threats and challenges to post-Soviet states in connection with the Kremlin's “passportization” policy at the moment in connection with the simplification of the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship. A comparative analysis of the consequences of Russian “passportization” was carried out on the example of Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, and recommendations were made to reduce the potential and existing consequences of Russian “passport” policy.

The discussion was attended by: Aydar Amrebayev - Head of the Center for Applied Political Science and International Studies (Kazakhstan); Yuri Poita - Expert at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (Ukraine); Vladimir Kopchak - Head of the South Caucasus Office of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (Georgia); Rosian Vasily - Security Analyst, former Chief of the Border Police of the Republic of Moldova. Moderated the event Carlisle Ezhenova - Editor-in-Chief review and analytical journal Exclusive.

The experts discussed the following issues:

  • The goals, objectives and consequences of Russia's "passport" policy, as an element of "hybrid" influence in the post-Soviet space;
  • The current state of migration from Kazakhstan. Possible risks after simplifying the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship;
  • Features and consequences of Russia's certification in the occupied territory of Ukraine;
  • “Russian certification” - as it was in Georgia;
  • “Certification” by Russia of the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova;
  • Steps to be taken to reduce the negative consequences of Russia's “passport” policy. Evaluation of their effectiveness.

According to the results of the discussion were conclusions are drawn, that, despite the peculiarities of Russia's "passportization" in each of the countries, they all had one thing in common - governments did not pay attention to this threat. The current situation in these countries is becoming increasingly confusing and difficult to solve. Experts believe that the introduction of essentially dual citizenship will create another element of pressure on the Kremlin's territory.