Talks on Relocating Armenia’s in Krasnodar Begin

KRASNODAR–Russia (Armenpress)–The regional governing body in Krasnodar will adopt a framework of laws on refugees–without waiting for the approval of a similar measure in the Russian Federation–reported the Vremya Novosti news program.

Following the passage a the law in Krasnodar–authorities will be able to begin a process of verifying the legal status of immigran’s and refugees currently residing in the area.

Individual who are known to be illegal will be deported–the news program reported.

Governor of Krasnodar Aleksander Tkatchov personally has pledged to levy a fine of up to 6000 rubles on those who have not registered.

This measure has prompted the imperative for Krasnodar authorities to enter into talks with Armenia–given the large number of Armenian immigran’s residing in the region.

Such talks would focus on efforts by Krasnodar authorities to relocated illegal immigrant Armenia’s from Krasnodar. Similarly–efforts to deport Meskheti Turks to Tashkent–Uzbekistan on chartered planes are also being discussed.

Lieutenant governor Leonid Bagkitski said that the Turks leaving in that areas are involved in efforts to ward off local Krasnodar residents from their homes and have been extensively involved in criminal activities.

Other minorities–such as Armenia’s–Chechens–Kurds–Yezidis–Gypsies and Tajiks are receiving the same treatment by Krasnodar authorities–whose aim according to Bagkitski is to sound the alarm on the poor living conditions in the area.

Tkatchov said that such harsh measures against immigran’s was necessary–in order to prevent the creation of what he called "Russia’s Kosovo."

The governor added that "The [Russian] president [Vladimir Putin] defends our initiatives and has urged me to personally become active in the effort."

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