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‘The west doesn’t want Russians partying in the streets of Europe’: calls grow for a visa ban

By Andrew Roth, Pjotr Sauer

14 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

You should read this feature to know about the debate surrounding proposals to ban Schengen tourist visa for Russian citizens as a mark of protest against the war.

Thousands of Russians have flocked to Europe on short-term visas since the country invaded Ukraine. Some sought an escape from repression, while summer has brought Russian tourists just looking to escape to the beach. Now some European politicians are calling for an end to the short-term visas that allow Russians to holiday in the EU as the war in Ukraine rages on.

Countries including Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and the Czech Republic have called for the EU to limit or block short-term Schengen visas for Russians, in protest at their country’s invasion of Ukraine.

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