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Hull has around 500 refugees or asylum seekers seeking a new life in the city.

Each one has fled their homes in far flung places due to war, persecution and upheaval which has left them fearing for their lives.

Many have left loved ones behind and some have undergone dangerous and arduous journeys to get to the UK.

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Hull Live visited Welcome House in the city centre which provides much-needed practical and emotional support to those who have arrived in the city with very little.

We spoke to many people there who told us about their plight.

We will be sharing those stories each day this week giving an insight into how their lives have been turned upside down and their determination to start afresh.

Kirill Dodukh fled Russia for political reasons

Not all people seeking asylum are fleeing war torn and desperately poor countries.

Sometimes they are forced to leave due to their political views and involvement.

That has been the case for Kirill Dodukh, 36, who had to leave Russia with his young family.

Needless to say, he is loathe to go into too much detail about the reasons why he was driven from his homeland but he is now settling into life in Hull.

Kirill Dodukh who fled Russia and arrived in Hull for political reasons

“I am an asylum seeker from Russia and had to leave for political reasons,” he said.

“I don’t want to go into details but it has been very difficult for me and my family and our lives have changed dramatically.

“We have had to start our lives all over again.

“I have been here just over a month and we have settled well. We have a home and my two boys are in school.

“They are settling in well and they have just joined a local football team.”

Kirill has been very grateful for the help he has received from Welcome House.

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“I think this is an amazing place and it has been very helpful to asylum seekers and refugees like myself,” he said.

“But, while we have settled well, I don’t know what the future holds and whether we will stay here or if I will ever return to Russia.

Russia needs no introduction really. It is one of the world’s super powers.

From the 1950s to the 1980s, the Soviet Union was involved in a nuclear stand-off with the US and the west which was known as the Cold War. There was also the space race which saw men landed on the moon.

The Soviet Union broke up in 1991 and the iron Curtain was lifted.

Vladimir Putin has been in charged since 1999 and has proved a controversial figure.

He is revered in his homeland and turned around the country’s economic fortunes.

But he has also been a thorn in the side when it comes to global politics.

He controversially took over Crimea in the Ukraine and also got involved in the Syrian civil war to support the government there.

Human rights in the country have also been questioned with limited civil liberties and press freedom with activists being arrested and jailed.

Russia is also thought to be a hotbed of computer hacking with recent accusations hackers are being harboured in Moscow.

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In just the last few days Russia has attracted criticism for destroying a satellite in a missile test, creating dangerous space debris which could damage other satellites and the International Space Station.

Hull was declared a ‘City of Sanctuary’ in 2017 at Hull Minster when Hull hosted the UK National Celebration of World Refugee Day.

The ‘City of Sanctuary’ initiative recognises places which are proud to welcome and offer safety and sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution.

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