A German government spokesperson announced Monday that Germany would grant long-term visas for Russian opposition and journalists who have been threatened by repression.
A spokesperson said that people who are considered "vulnerable" by Russian repression such as journalists, scientists, or human rights defenders will be eligible to receive long-term visas. The German Ministry of the Interior. Visas may be extended for a significantly longer period than the current 90 days.
According to the holder, these visas could be used to benefit "Persons who work for foreign organisations considered foreign agents" in Russia, as well as "representatives or civil society" and "representatives" of the democratic opposition. The holder did not specify how many Russians might be eligible.
Berlin hosted Russian opposition leaders, including Alexei Navalny. He was treated in Germany in 2020 for poisoning attempts.