Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia: Duma Rushes to Ease Rules for Foreigners

Posted by Info on 11/03/2011

Foreigners coming to Russia for short visits might soon no longer be required to register with authorities.

Legislation currently being debated in the State Duma says they only have to register when they stay longer than seven working days. The amendment would also abolish a new rule under which foreigners must register under their home address.

That rule, which came into force Feb. 15, led to complaints from foreign businesses because it would oblige private landlords to register foreign tenants every time they return from trips abroad.Under the proposed legislative change, rules would revert to the previous status quo, where foreigners are registered under their employers’ addresses.

Duma deputies passed the amendment in a first reading on Feb. 25, and it could become law within weeks.

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