Russia’s migrants may have their own ombudsman soon

MOSCOW, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — A special position of Russia’s ombudsman for the rights of migrants may be introduced next week, when the presidential council for inter-ethnic relations meets in session in Bashkortostan’s capital Ufa.

The council is under the chairmanship of President Vladimir Putin to discuss the nationalities policy strategy and migration problems.

“A special commissioner for migration, or ombudsman, is to be answerable directly to the president and have vast powers to coordinate the work of ministries and agencies in relation to migration policy issues.

Also, I believe that he should have the power of expelling migrants from the country,” the author of this idea, State Duma member Aleksei Zhuravlev, told the daily Izvestia.