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Can statelessness be legally productive?

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Join us for a seminar in the SSEES Politics and Sociology Seminar Series with Dr Agnieszka Kubal

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Can statelessness be legally productive? The struggle for the rights of noncitizens in Russia

Nearly 30 years since the collapse of the Soviet bloc there are still people who never in their lives held any other passport than that of a Soviet Union. They are de jure stateless. However, their statelessness can also be legally productive if strategically challenged. The case study of a recent litigation for the rights of Mr Mskhiladze – a stateless person born in the Georgian USSR – before the Russian Constitutional Court (2017) and the European Court of Human Rights (2018) demonstrates how statelessness can be legally mobilised to secure the rights of all undocumented migrants and asylum seekers in Russia. Mskhiladze case became particularly productive to challenge the long-term detention of a new category of de facto stateless people in the post-Soviet context: Ukrainians who fled to Russia in the aftermath of the military conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

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