Introduction of entry fee for foreigners in Russia
A draft law requiring foreigners and stateless persons entering Russia without a visa to pay a special entry fee was introduced in the State Duma. It is planned that the fee will be paid at the entrance to the Russian Federation and its size and manner of payment will be determined by the Government. Only foreigners passing through Russia en route will be exempt from it.
The main purpose of introduction of entry fee is reduction of budget expenses for possible deportation or administrative expulsion from Russia. Thus, the novation will serve to smooth expulsion of foreigners living in the Russian Federation illegally and will help to reduce crime.
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