The Russian government has set a task for the Foreign Ministry and the Interior Ministry to repatriate at least 500,000 Russians who have emigrated abroad. This goal should be achieved by 2030, as follows from Government Decree № 1541 on amendments to the State Program “Ensuring Public Order and Combating Crime”.
Temporary exit groups from two ministries will campaign for resettlement. It is assumed that the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation will go abroad and personally persuade the Russians to return, telling them about the State program to facilitate voluntary resettlement to Russia. In particular, the government believes that the resettlement of Russian emigrants to their home country will be facilitated by providing them with state guarantees at the expense of the federal budget.
According to the UN, from 1990 to 2019, almost 2.5 million people left Russia for permanent residence abroad. Most Russians live in Germany, the United States, Israel, Spain, Japan, France, Bulgaria, Austria, Poland and Finland. In turn, the World Bank in 2017 estimated the number of Russian citizens living abroad at 10.6 million people.
As it was reported earlier, polling stations for voting at the elections to the State Duma of Russia will be opened in Ukraine on September 19 in the Russian Embassy in Kyiv.