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Potential new rules for Russian work or residency permits

By Kazbek Sasiyev

The Federation Council (the upper house of the Federal Assembly of Russia) approved on 16 April a law requiring foreign citizens to take examinations in Russian history, legislation and language in order to receive a certificate necessary for obtaining work permits and permanent or temporary residence permits. If the law is signed by Russian president Vladimir Putin, practically all categories of foreign employees (visa or non-visa) working in Russia — irrespective of whether they are migrants from the countries of the former Soviet Union working as street cleaners or skilled drilling engineers from elsewhere — will be required to comply as of 1 January 2015…

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