5 Russian residents will sue the South Korean authorities for not granting them political asylum. South China Morning Put up. They fled their nation to keep away from being despatched to combat in Ukraine and have been ready for a call from the justice ministry for months at Seoul airport. Korean Occasions. Ultimately, the South Korean authorities refused their request, contemplating the flight as an invalid purpose to declare a refugee to keep away from conscription. The continued litigation suspended the extradition process. “I really feel like an animal in a zoo,” one stated. It is a diplomatic headache for Seoul: authorities granted refugee standing to only 1 p.c of the two,000 candidates final yr, however repatriating 5 Russian nationals would imply punishing them severely.