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Berlin senator saves pianist from deportation

February 7, 2018 by norman lebrecht

7 comments.


The pianist Anastassiya Dranchuk, facing expulsion to Kazakhstan, has won a reprieve thanks to a huge publicity campaign and the intervention of Berlin senator Andreas Geisel.

Anastassiya, 29, is relieved. She has lived legally in Germany for 17 years. The further absurdity is that both of her parents have full German citizenship.

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Comments (7)

  1. urania says:

    Well full German citizenship does not help with hardship for so many. Huge number of citiziens have to go and live in cheaper countries because of so much problems in G. Nothing is granted anymore for nobody. But glad that she can stay and live her life at the moment.

    1. Tedlees says:

      I am very pleased that she has had this result, my only concern is that a senator has the power to do so ! It really is a question of who you know i guess….

      1. Andreas B. says:

        if you’re suggesting some kind of arbitrary decision based on nepotism, you’re mistaken.

        this was the last step of a process that is open to every comparable case, i.e. it’s due process:

        https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A4rtefallkommission

    2. Rinced Probus says:

      How about a dose of reality in Germany today:
      –Cowardly and insipid politicians who have completely lost contact with the electorate and are only interested in maintaining their power structure within the Politburo in Brussels
      –Overcrowding in the cities and their environs
      –Crumbling infrastructure: roads, railways, hospitals, schools
      –Punitive taxation, soaring social security & health insurance deductions for the average worker. Net wages have not kept pace with inflation, which is understated
      –Zero interest rates are destroying savings and pensions, and fueling a residential property bubble with rents becoming unaffordable for average wage-earners who want to raise a family. Great for the Subsaharan economic migrants though, who get free housing, clothes, smart phones, ATM cards, bus passes, bicycles, backpacks, the whole kit courtesy of the taxpayer.

      Kazakhstan may indeed be the better alternative long-term.

      1. urania says:

        Agree! Thats the picture for many Germans.

        If EU citizens move into another EU country they have to prove that they can support themselves, bring health insurance documents etc. pay import taxes for their cars. More complicated than during the days with borders.

  2. Mike says:

    Of course the right decision but it gives the impression that Kazakhstan is some kind of dodgy state that you would not wish to live in. It’s not, it’s a beautiful multi cultural democracy which has a great reputation for supporting the arts and bringing live opera, ballet and classical music to all its population. I hope she continues to return to her homeland and plays the piano there with pride.

    1. Anon says:

      She lived in Germany since she was 12. She feels at home in Germany. “Homeland” is where you feel at home. Passports and nationalities are arbitrary, secondary.


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