Russia prepares new reprisals against those who fled the war: deputies study increasing taxes on “traitors”

Crossing on the border with Georgia in the migratory wave of September (Reuters) (IRAKLI GEDENIDZE /)

Russian deputies are considering increasing the taxes on Russian citizens who have left the country for the contest in Ukrainebut they continue to work remotely, announced this Sunday the president of the duma or lower house of Parliament, Viacheslav Volodin.

It would be right to cancel the preferences for those who left Russia and raise their taxes. It would be fair. We are working on the respective changes in the legislation,” Volodin wrote on Telegram.

According to Volodin, the reason why the emigrants have decided to “escape” is “absolutely obvious”.

“Those who realized that they had made a mistake have already returned,” he assured, adding that the others must understand that society “does not approve of their steps and believes that they are traitors.”

“So far, the fugitives not only work remotely for Russian companies, but also enjoy all the benefits granted by the legislation of our country,” he said.

Vladimir Putin (Sputnik/Reuters)
Vladimir Putin (Sputnik / Reuters) (SPUTNIK /)

More than a million Russiansaccording to various estimates, have left the country after the start of the military campaign in Ukraine, an exodus that accelerated last September with the declaration of a partial military mobilization in Russia.

With everything, a significant percentage of emigrants later chose to returnaccording to statistics based on the analysis of the use of SIM cards.

Putin does not rule out negotiating

Vladimir Putin assured this Sunday that he does not give up negotiations on Ukraine “with all the parties involved” in the conflict.

“We are prepared to negotiate acceptable solutions with all the parties involved in the process”, said the Russian president in an interview shown on public television.

At the same time, he assured that the other party, in relation to kyiv and Western countries that support him, “have refused” to start talks. “It’s up to them, it’s not us who refuse to negotiate, it’s them,” he insisted.

As for the Russian military campaign, which marked ten months yesterday, Putin said that Moscow “had no choice” but to protect “national interests and the interests of its people.” “I think we acted correctly, defending the national interests and the interests of our citizens and our people,” he asserted.

This is the second time this week that the Russian leader has highlighted his willingness to negotiate a solution in Ukraine.

This Thursday Putin said that “all armed conflicts end in one way or another in negotiations” and that Moscow does not give up on it either. “Our goal is not to spin the wheel of military conflict further, but rather to end this war. It is what we aspire to and will aspire to,” said the head of the Kremlin in a press appearance.

The following day, the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, added that “first of all, it is a matter of ending the special military operation as soon as possible through the fulfillment of Russian objectives.”

(With information from EFE)

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