I wrote about upcoming changes to Russian immigration policy a few days ago.
Its main point boiled down to creating simplified naturalization procedures for people facing political persecution, with a clear eye to the Ukraine, as well as for highly qualified foreigners.
I had two criticisms.
First, simplified naturalization for “humanitarian reasons” doesn’t do anything for Russians in places like Belorussia and Central Asia, let alone promote Ukrainian and Belorussian immigration.
Second, it could also potentially ignite a virtue signalling-fueled #RefugeesWelcome situation sometime in the future.
Fortunately, PUTLER personally reads my blog, so both these issues are being addressed.
According to the latest report from Kommersant, the desirability of increasing labor immigration from the Ukraine and Belorussia has been explicitly specified. According to an anonymous official, the next legislative change could involve the cancelation of Russian language requirements for citizens of those countries for obtaining Russian citizenship: “They all speak Russian there anyway,” notes the official in question. There will likely be further deregulation of naturalization procedures for highly qualified specialists and people who finished university with flying colors.
This is highly congruent with my suggestions to systemically stripmine the Ukraine of human capital, which will (peacefully) benefit Russia while weakening a hostile state.
Furthermore, at the 7th Congress of Russian Communities yesterday, PUTLER managed to overcome his multinational programming and explicitly identify Russia with Russians:
We are interested that our young countrymen living abroad not lose their roots, their [ethnic] “Russianness” so to speak, their ties to the homeland.
That is, it is precisely the Russianness that makes Russian countrymen, countrymen. Implicitly, Russia is the homeland of Russians, as opposed to its official vision of itself as a multinational soup.
In all fairness, Putin has a well-known habit of telling people what they want to hear, and the 7th Congress of Russian Communities is a rather self-selected audience.
Still, it’s an encouraging note.
To date, the sovok bureaucrats who rule over Russia have studiously avoided applying ethnocultural filters in considering immigration policy. As a result, officially sanctioned outlook varied from making birth in the USSR a key criterion (which promised Russia millions of Gastarbeiters with Russian passports), or the fact of having had “ancestors in the territories of the Russian Federation” (which cut off most of the inhabitants of the Ukraine and Belorussia from Russian citizenship, despite the centuries of close connections between them and many of them identifying as Russians).
This centering of “Russianness” clears out the ideological underbrush and opens up the way to reconstructing the “Russia Great, United & Undivided” that the Whites fought for in the Civil War.
For instance, as Kholmogorov has recently suggested, one powerful way this ideological reformulation – if indeed it is to be taken seriously – can be implemented is in the Donbass, which is ripe for mass distributions of Russian passports. Furthermore, Putin explicitly mentioned the long-suffering Donbass in his speech, alluding to their struggle to preserve their national roots and traditions. But if Russians are henceforth to be defined by their Russianness, and the Donbass is fighting to preserve its Russianness, then it becomes ridiculous to continue portraying the War in the Donbass as an internal Ukrainian affair, as Kremlin propaganda has been doing since the end of the abortive “Russian Spring” in 2014.
Hopefully Putin can continue reading my blog and moving from putlet into PUTLER mode.