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Three Russians seek asylum in Ukraine in one week

The men decided to take refuge because of their participation in Russian protests.

Three Russian nationals have requested political asylum in Ukraine over the week because of persecution by Russian law enforcers, the State Border Service has said.

"Last week alone, three Russian nationals, 45, 38 and 27, who are persecuted in the Russian Federation, applied for refugee status at the state border from employees of the State Border Service of Ukraine," the statement reads.

Two Russian men requested asylum at the Kyiv Passenger railway station. They said they wanted to be recognised as refugees because they faced persecution in Russia. They took part in rallies against corruption and supported the Russian opposition.

One more Russian requested asylum at a checkpoint in Chernihiv Region on 28 November.