Eight heads of Old Believer communities got Russian citizenship and plan return to Primorye territory from Brazil and the United States. The corresponding decree was signed by the President of the Russian Federation. Obtaining citizenship is the first step to returning to the Primorsky Territory.
The decision to enter into citizenship and relocation was made based on the results of a study tour of Old Believers to the Far East, the Republic of Buryatia and the Republic of Karelia in the fall of 2018, during which the heads of the communities were able to see the living and farming conditions in different Russian regions, communicate with local farmers ask questions to representatives of regional authorities.
Avraam Kalugin, the head of the community from Brazil, who received citizenship in accordance with the Decree of the President of Russia, spoke about the decision: “We returned from a trip in November. We looked at everything, we liked it. In April, I again traveled to Moscow and the Far East, and then we finally decided that we would go if we had citizenship and what was needed. We are preparing for the final move to Russia. ”
Abraham plans to move to Primorye with his family in 2020 after joining the program of voluntary resettlement of compatriots. “We decided with my family – with my wife and younger children, daughter and son – to come, choose a house and after that choose a district where to live and work … We have been engaged in agriculture all our lives. Here we grow soy and corn. There are other options in the Far East. Korea, China, and Japan are close there – we will see what is profitable to grow, ”says Abraham.
Significant attention is paid to the return of the Old Believers to the Far East, to their historical Motherland. The resolution of issues related to the relocation is overseen by the Working Group established by the President of Russia to facilitate the voluntary resettlement of compatriots, Old Believers living abroad, and their adaptation in the Russian Federation under the leadership of Vladimir Ostrovenko. Eight heads of Old Believer communities got Russian citizenship.
At a meeting in the Presidential Administration, held a little less than a year ago following a trip of the heads of communities in Russia, key issues were identified for the return of Old Believers: obtaining citizenship in the territory of the country of departure, providing ownership of land plots ranging from 300 to 600 hectares per family, long-term preferential lending and getting tax holidays after resettlement; resolving the issue of alternative military service in the army.
Over the past year, the Ministry for the Development and Development of Russia, the Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Far East, the Government of the Primorsky Territory, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia have organized work on the preparation of the necessary documents on the issue of citizenship to old believers. Primorsky Krai is ready to provide the necessary land to conduct their business. Work is underway with banks to provide long-term loans for agriculture on favorable terms.
Sergey Khovrat, Director General of the Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Far East, said: “I would like to sincerely congratulate everyone who received Russian citizenship. The first step has been taken, you will have a difficult move from another country and eight heads of Old Believer communities got Russian citizenship, arrangement in a new place, the beginning of a new business on earth. You can count on Agency support in resolving emerging issues. ”
Information provided by the press service of the Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Far East.