Eight Grozny residents ask political asylum

  • 2000-04-27
VILNIUS (BNS) - Eight residents of the Chechen capital Grozny travelling on the train from Kaliningrad to Moscow were asked to disembark by the Lithuanian border police on April 18, because they had no visa.

Two men, two women and four children in their teens were told to leave the train at the Kybartai railway border crossing point and immediately afterwards asked for political asylum in Lithuania, the border police department reported.

The group of eight reside in the Chechen capital Grozny and were traveling on provisional Russian citizens' passports with no reference as to the passport owner's ethnic origin. The asylum application forms were completed and sent to the migration department. The decision whether the group will be granted temporary residence permits in this country was to be made within 24 hours.

Last February the Lithuanian border police returned two residents of Chechnya to Belarus who had jumped off the Moscow-Kaliningrad train in Vilnius.