Putin Slams EU's Immigration Policies: "It Doesn't Fit Into My Head What On Earth They're Thinking"

Chris Menahan
Nov. 02, 2016

Russian president Vladimir Putin slammed Europe's immigration policies and expressed bafflement at how an Austrian court recently overturned the conviction of a 20-year-old Iraqi migrant who raped a 10-year-old boy because "the migrant did not understand the language of his host country" and didn't understand the boy "didn't want this."

"A migrant has just raped a child in one of the European countries," Putin told the Committee for Multiethnic Affairs in Astrakhan on October 31st. "The court found him 'not guilty' based on two things: the migrant did not understand the language of his host country, and he did not understand that the boy and it was a boy didn't want this."

"It doesn't fit into my head what on earth they're thinking over there," Putin said. "This is the result of the dilution of national values [identity]."

"I can't even explain the rationale is it a sense of guilt before the migrants? What's going on? It's not clear. But a society that cannot defend its children today has no tomorrow. It has no future."

Putin continued: "So relying on their [migration policy] experience is not the best thing to do, if I can be frank."

"But we have a 1000 year history of forming a multicultural society our understanding of [these intricacies] is much deeper."

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