The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has prepared a draft law introducing the concept of “loyalty agreement,” which implies consent to the observance by foreigners of a number of restrictions when entering the country. TASS reports this with reference to a document at the disposal of the editors.
“Consent of loyalty is the permission of the state bodies of the Russian Federation for the entry of a foreign citizen into the Russian Federation, on the one hand, and the consent of a foreign citizen, expressed by entering the Russian Federation, in compliance with the prohibitions established in order to protect the national interests of the Russian Federation, on the other hand,” – stated in the draft law. It is not specified when the department will submit it to the State Duma.
According to the bill, a foreigner entering Russia is prohibited from “hindering the activities of public authorities of the Russian Federation, discrediting in any form the foreign and domestic state policy of the Russian Federation, public authorities and their officials.”
They are also asked to prohibit “the abuse of the right to freedom of information, including by disseminating information aimed at belittling or inducing the denial of constitutionally significant moral and other values, including ideas about marriage as a union of a man and a woman, family, motherhood, paternity, childhood, propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations, distortion of the historical truth about the feat of the Soviet people in defending the Fatherland and its contribution to the victory over fascism.”
In addition, they want to prohibit foreigners from showing “disrespect for the diversity of regional and ethnocultural ways of life of the population of Russia, traditional Russian spiritual and moral values.”
In early November, it became known that the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs had prepared a draft law banning the provision of certain services to migrants who are in the Russian Federation illegally. In particular, they plan to prohibit foreigners from registering a car and any property, opening a bank account and getting married.
The proposals of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are aimed at tightening migration legislation. In mid-October, the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, proposed depriving migrants who have received a Russian passport of citizenship if they do not want to take part in the war against Ukraine. Soon after this, the Moscow Investigative Committee opened 22 criminal cases against natives of Central Asia, who had previously received Russian citizenship, for evading military service.
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