Home Travel & Adventure Italian Deputies in Limbo as Russian Embassy Holds Passports Without Acceptance or...

Italian Deputies in Limbo as Russian Embassy Holds Passports Without Acceptance or Return


Three Italian deputies are having their passports withheld by the Russian Embassy in Rome as the latter claims that their visa applications are still being processed.

The trio was scheduled to attend Alexei Navalny’s funeral in Moscow on March 1,  a critic of Putin’s regime who died in a high-security prison in Siberia, but has been unable to do so due to the unusual delay. Visa issuance for diplomatic purposes can often be done through an e-mail or phone call and be resolved in a matter of hours, SchengenVisaInfo reports.

Moreover, Benedetto Della Vedova from +Europa, Lia Quartapelle of the Democratic Party and Ivan Scarlarotto of Italia Viva, who applied for a diplomatic visa two weeks ago, February 28, have not yet received their passports from the Russian Embassy.

The three deputies are known as supporters of Ukrainians and critics of Putin’s regime.

My passport, together with that of Lia Quartapelle and Ivan Scalfarotto, has been held for a week at the Russian Consulate in Rome following our request for a visa to attend Navalny’s funeral. We didn’t get a visa, we didn’t receive any explanations from the Embassy, and we still don’t know why or for how long our documents will be held at the Russian consulate. 

Benedetto Della Vedova

Russian Visas Strangely Difficult to Obtain

The three deputies made their request on February 28 through a private agency for consular visas. Around the same time, it had not yet been known whether Navalny’s funeral would be open for public visitation.

The consular service agency was ordered to request the visa on Tuesday, February 27, once the exact date and place of the ceremony, which would be held on Friday, March 1, was made public.

The Russian embassy did not disclose any information during this period, which led to an employee of the private agency personally going to the visa-issuing office. He was told that the request was still being processed without offering more explanation.

I would not like this anomalous delay in evaluating our request and this total absence of news on the issuing of the visa to be in any way linked to the fact that we announced that we wanted to go to Moscow, in any case, to pay homage to Navalny by placing a bouquet of flowers on his grave. 

Ivan Scarlarotto of Italia Viva

Scarlarotto also said for The Post that if they are declared persona non grata, they should be informed. His colleagues, Quartapelle and Della Vedova, said they are still waiting on an answer to their requests, be it denial or granting of the visa, as they still do not know why or for how long their documents will not be given back to the Russian embassy.

During the same time, Italian actress Ornella Muti and street artist Jorit are present in Russia, representing Italy at the Sochi Youth Forum. The three deputies say they still intend to go to Russia to pay homage to Navalny, who gathered thousands of Muscovites on Friday to pay tribute to the opposition’s charismatic leader.

Facebook Comments Box
Previous articleHungary Introduces 5-Year Multiple Entry Visas for Chinese Businesspeople
Next articleCyprus Unveils New Citizenship Legislation to Attract Talented and Specialized Foreigners
Monte OZ is a highly accomplished and respected international freelance journalist, travel and active adventure reporter, and leading entertainment & lifestyle blogger based in Africa. With a passion for storytelling, a sense of adventure, and an eye for all things captivating, Monte has become a prominent figure in the world of travel, entertainment, and lifestyle journalism. Born and raised in Africa, Monte developed a deep appreciation for the continent's diverse cultures, rich heritage, and vibrant entertainment scene. His upbringing fueled his desire to share Africa's untold stories and showcase its dynamic lifestyle to a global audience. Monte's extensive experience and expertise have made him a sought-after authority on all things related to travel, adventure, entertainment, and lifestyle in Africa. As an international freelance journalist, Monte has made significant contributions to various prestigious publications worldwide. His captivating articles, insightful interviews, and engaging features have graced the pages of leading entertainment magazines, lifestyle publications, and reputable news outlets. Monte's unique ability to capture the essence of Africa's entertainment and lifestyle scene has garnered widespread acclaim and recognition. With a love for exploration and a thirst for adrenaline, Monte also thrives as an active adventure reporter. He has embarked on daring expeditions, immersing himself in Africa's wild landscapes, and documenting his adrenaline-pumping experiences. Whether it's conquering treacherous peaks, exploring remote jungles, or engaging in heart-pounding activities, Monte's adventurous spirit and daring escapades inspire readers to embrace their own sense of adventure. In addition to his work in journalism and adventure reporting, Monte is a leading entertainment & lifestyle blogger in Africa. Through his influential blog, he offers readers an insider's view of the continent's vibrant entertainment scene, trendy hotspots, fashion trends, culinary delights, and cultural experiences. Monte's unique blend of storytelling, personal insights, and expert recommendations has made his blog a go-to resource for entertainment and lifestyle enthusiasts seeking the pulse of Africa's dynamic culture. Beyond his professional pursuits, Monte is a passionate advocate for promoting Africa's talent, creativity, and cultural diversity. He actively supports and champions emerging artists, musicians, designers, and entrepreneurs, helping to showcase their work to a broader audience. Monte's dedication to promoting Africa's vibrant entertainment and lifestyle industry has positioned him as a respected influencer and tastemaker within the African and global entertainment communities. With a commitment to excellence, a passion for exploration, and a talent for captivating storytelling, Monte Oz continues to captivate audiences worldwide. As an international freelance journalist, travel and active adventure reporter, and leading entertainment & lifestyle blogger, his work has left an indelible mark on the world of journalism, travel, and entertainment, solidifying his position as a trusted authority and go-to resource for all things related to African travel, adventure, and lifestyle.