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Migrants face deportation from Russia for any premeditated crime

Published time: June 04, 2014 09:40
People at the Moscow trading-fair shopping complex during police checks of market workers for compliance with immigration laws in an integrated operation "Barrier-2". (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

People at the Moscow trading-fair shopping complex during police checks of market workers for compliance with immigration laws in an integrated operation "Barrier-2". (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

A group of Russian lawmakers seek to amend the current laws on migration in order to deport any foreigner convicted of a premeditated crime, with a subsequent ban on entering Russian territory.

The two sets of amendments have been prepared separately by MP Roman Khudyakov of the nationalist party LDPR and by the legislature of the central Russia Republic of Bashkortostan, together with MP Raphael Mardanshin of the centrist conservative party United Russia.

Khudyakov’s bill suggests levying an additional 50,000-ruble (about US$1400) fine on all immigrants convicted of a premeditated crime. Repeated premeditated crime is punishable by deportation and a 15-year ban on entering Russia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily reports. The deputy told the press he would submit the draft to the State Duma before the end of June.

The Bashkortostan-Mardanshin bill, which is already being studied by State Duma experts, also suggests deporting all foreigners convicted of a premeditated crime, but specifies that this should be done after they serve their sentences in Russia.

Earlier this week, the head of the Federal Migration Service, Konstantin Romodanovsky, said his agency had already issued three-year entry bans on 802,000 foreigners over their criminal activities, and also for exceeding their maximum terms of stay.

The official specified that most of these people were citizens of the former Soviet republics who enjoy visa-free entry to Russia because their countries remain in the CIS political bloc. Last week the head of the Moscow city anti-corruption department told the press that in the first four months of 2014 law enforcers deported 40,000 foreigners from Russia and barred 45,000 foreigners from entering the country.

Russia ranks second among nations by the number of migrants that reside on its territory, according to the UN study released in September 2013. The total number of migrants in Russia is estimated at about 2 million.

Many Russian politicians address the issue, both due to emerging problems and for purely populist purposes. The most popular initiative is to restrict entry for people with criminal connections, like a bill drafted last October, in which MP Igor Igoshin of the United Russia party proposed a halt on the issue of work permits to foreigners with a criminal record of any kind.

Comments (51)


SoiCowboy 21.07.2014 02:57

Mr Vision 18.07.2014 10:28

Purify the community instead of constructive education and problem solving.
I remember someone from Germany around the 40's that did this too.


You can deport them without killing them---unless they resist leaving.


SoiCowboy 21.07.2014 02:55

Horatio Hornblower 08.06.2014 02:29

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.


Very true.


SoiCowboy 21.07.2014 02:53

LOL! Russia is discovering what Californians and Texans have known for 30 years---illegal aliens are a crime problem. You can deport them but they will come right back. Locking them up in prison just means that Russian taxpayers are forced to pay their room and board expenses. In order to solve this problem, you're going to have to build a BIG wall from Turkey to North Korea. You will also need to crack down on the Russian employers of these illegal migrants. Quick, how do you spell "BORDER PATROL" in Cyrillic?

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