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Russian asylum seeker to be deported despite plea to stay in UK over anti-gay law

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 9 Dec 2013, 8:11pm

    Absolutely shameful, disgusting. Shame on the Home Office.

  2. What a wonderful government we have, we are so proud of you that you send the terrified scared people with unjustified laws back to where they ran from……

    If Irina is really desperate I’ll marry her, she’s quite cute

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 9 Dec 2013, 9:07pm

    Ironic, listening to MPs paying tribute to Nelson Mandela in Parliament today and some on both sides mentioning racism and hatred of foreigners (EU migrants) in the UK.

    If anything happens to this poor woman upon returning to Russia, then the Home Office will have blood on its hands and it won’t be the first or last time either.

  4. Edward Harding 9 Dec 2013, 9:56pm

    She’s been released!

    1. This is good news but how do we know if Irina has actually been released and that this is not some kind of cruel hoax?
      Is there any official acknowledgement she’s been released?

  5. Yes! Let’s let everyone from everywhere decide where they want to live!!!! I’m sorry, but it don’t work like that! It’s selfish on her part to think she is more important than others who struggle everywhere else, wanting to be somewhere else! Stay and fight with your fellow country AGAINST this bigotry, and not run away, leaving them to fight alone!

    1. How can she “stay and fight” if she’s killed?

      Asylum is a fundamental part of respect for human rights, and a core principle of international immigration law. Every activist under threat of political persecution should be able to choose for themselves whether to risk death or to campaign from a place of safety. How is Ms Putilova being “selfish” or thinking “she is more important than others”? Every person in her situation has the same legal rights.

      Moreover, emigres who “ran away” (in your language) were a crucial part of the fight against apartheid (e.g. the UK-based AAM), of the fight to lower the Iron Curtain, etc.etc.

  6. Helge Vladimir Tiller 10 Dec 2013, 8:45am

    Gay and lesbians from Russia, who claim asylum, in any country in Western-Europe , are being sent back to Russia. But, if this actual, young lady has been through what she relates, her situation is somewhat different from the majority ! These new laws in Russsia are awful, but they are not ! enough to obtain asylum. Not in any country. If those police men are being turned in, and she can prove what she tells about fascists who are after her -and the authorities in Russia ignore this information ; This friend should get permission to stay !

  7. So the government warn Sir Ian McKellen not to go but are willing to send this woman back to her death?

    I guess if you’re not a National Treasure then no one gives a toss!

  8. James Campbell 10 Dec 2013, 6:40pm

    Irina is not so much “deciding where she wants t live” as declaring where she cannot live and survive. Sure, there will be many people who attempt to stay and fight, but once known to the police, a threat hangs over their head as in this case. Of course, no country the size of the UK with its already overpopulated urban areas can afford to have an open-door policy, but this is not what is being requested. The UK will not deport anyone (including convicted terrorists) to a country that uses capital punishment, so why are we deporting people who have posed no threat to the UK, but do fear for their life in their own country?

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