Russia: Information on the attitude of Russians toward Cuban immigrants and their Russian spouses and/or children
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 September 1992|
|Citation / Document Symbol||RUS11603|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Russia: Information on the attitude of Russians toward Cuban immigrants and their Russian spouses and/or children, 1 September 1992, RUS11603, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab868.html [accessed 5 December 2013]|
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A representative of the National Association of Cuban Canadians indicated in a telephone interview on 20 August 1992 that racism exists in Russia and that there is a general resentment towards Cubans. She stated further that some Russian women who married Cuban men are facing discrimination from the Russian population.
According to a representative of the Cuban-American National Foundation in Miami, Cubans who have participated in demonstrations in Moscow were asked to leave Russia and are being pursued by the Russian police (20 Aug. 1992). A representative of the Cuban Exodus Relief Fund, a project undertaken by the Cuban-American National Foundation, stated that Russian authorities are denying employment and residence permits to Cuban students (20 Aug. 1992). The source added that Russian women who are married to Cuban men have been ostracised by the Russian authorities and are also harassed. Cuban students who married Russian women are also being refused Russian nationality in spite of having been resident for more than five years (Ibid.).
Response to Information Request CUB11209 of 10 July 1992 indicates that Russia was considering granting residence permits to Cuban students seeking asylum in Russia. An article from The New Republic also states that Russia is preparing a law on political asylum which, when passed, would give legal status to Cuban asylum seekers (15 June 1992, 12).
Corroborating and/or additional information specific to this topic is not currently available to the IRBDC. However, further information related to the status of Cubans in Russia and demonstrations by Cuban students in Moscow is available in the Responses to Information Request CUB11209 of 10 July 1992, CUB11508 of 21 August 1992, and RUS11529 of 21 August 1992.
Cuban-American National Foundation, Miami. 20 August 1992. Telephone Interview with Representative.
Cuban-Exodus Relief Fund, Miami. 20 August 1992. Telephone Interview with Executive Director.
Immigration and Refugee Board Documentation Centre (IRBDC), Ottawa. 10 July 1992. Response to Information Request CUB11209
National Association of Cuban Canadians, Ottawa. 20 August 1992. Telephone Interview with Representative.
The New Republic. 15 June 1992. Anna Husarska. "Little Havana."