While we enjoy banal phrases about the historical homeland welcoming the compatriots and it being a good solution for improving the demographics, they often think about moving to other countries.
“In order to obtain Russian citizenship, a person must lose at least one year of their life in search of necessary information, collecting bills, standing in lines.
At the same time they still have to manage to make money somehow. There has to be a separate department for the compatriots in the FMS.
So far we have to watch some southerners who are getting into the offices bypassing the lines before our own eyes, while the Slavs are freezing in these lines.”
“Is this the attitude we Russians deserve? The motherland greets us with humiliation, rudeness, lack of professionalism of the FMS employees, senseless endless lines for each piece of paper.
They show you in every way that you are nobody and a slave! Where we came from we heard:” Suitcase – Train Station – Russia! “And here we hear:” We did not invite you here! “My son was so excited about going to Russia, and after such a reception he is asking,”
Mom, could be go to America instead?”
“I live in Estonia, and, like my friends from Latvia, am not going to leave for Russia. Yes, we are second-class people here, we are forced to forget our native language and are called occupiers.
But Russia is worse for us. We are nobody there. Our friends who have tried to settle down there came back, unable to bear the bureaucratic mayhem.
This is why many prefer to leave for Europe, but not their historic homeland.”
“I, being a Russian, was placed in the same condition with immigrants from the Caucasus republics, Central Asia and even Afghans. We are all equalized by the Russian laws which require eight years to complete the procedure for obtaining citizenship.”
Some say that for those willing to fork out some extra money, the back door opens and then all problems are solved. One gets the impression that such bestial conditions are created deliberately in order that a person has no choice but to pay a bribe.
The FMS employees often recognize the issue and say that they simply unable to cope with the influx of visitors, especially considering that a great deal of time is spent not on the paperwork, but rather counseling the visitors.
In the West, things are different. It is believed that Israel and Germany have the most advanced legislation in terms of the work with compatriots and their descendants.
The latter convene their own around the world, starting with the former Soviet republics and ending with South Africa and Latin America.
As for the problem of obtaining citizenship documents and going through the FMS process, here, on the one hand, we see an underestimation of the problem in general, and on the other hand – the corruption scheme visible to the naked eye.
As a result often people from the Caucasus republics who are able to maneuver are able to resolve this issue much easier than ethnic Russians who try to abide by and as a result fall into a bureaucratic trap.
In practice we see a line of Russians on front of the FMS, while others are bypassing it.