Russian hosts to be fined for not providing foreign visitors with necessities

22:21, May 13, 2010      

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Russian nationals who fail to receive foreign guests "properly" would be punished under a draft bill introduced to parliament, RIA Novosti news agency reported Thursday.

Under the draft provisions, submitted to the State Duma (Federal Parliament's lower chamber) by the government, Russian hosts could be fined or warned, if they do not provide invited foreign guests with lodging, medical services and financial aid.

The current law on legal rights of foreign nationals in Russia says the inviting party should guarantee a foreign guest necessary aid.

The law does not specify, however, that a local host bears any responsibility if these conditions are not met.

Recently, Russian lawmakers amended regulations regarding the rights and responsibilities of local companies looking to hire workers from abroad.



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