Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia: No More Police Fines for Incorrect Registration Papers

Posted by Info on 17/03/2011

Police will no longer be allowed to collect fines from foreigners with invalid or missing registration papers, according to a bill aimed at easing registration rules that was approved by the Federation Council on Wednesday.
Instead, the party that issued the foreigner’s visa invitation will be held responsible for violations.

“The bill stipulates that the inviting party, usually the employer, is responsible for any such violation,”
said Vladimir Kobzev, head of the legal department of the Russo-German Chamber of Commerce.
He said employers should inform their foreign staff to always carry valid registration to avoid fines being slapped on the company, which can be as high as 500,000 rubles ($17,500)and “police officer can no longer demand money directly on the street.”

While immigration authorities in Moscow have shown flexibility in dealing with last month’s registration reform, there has been considerable confusion in the regions. In St. Petersburg authorities “demanded landlords’ passports and other unnecessary documents for registration.”

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