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Amendments to law on refugees

January 5, 2013

Vladimir Putin signed Federal Law On Amendments to the Federal Law On Refugees.

The federal law is aimed at improving Russian immigration legislation by introducing clarifications to the legal status of refugees.

The amendments stipulate that an application for refugee status or for temporary asylum in Russia cannot be submitted by foreign nationals in the form of an electronic document. The law also sets restrictions on issuing certificates on the review of the application for refugee status in Russia, travel documents for the persons recognised as refugees and their families to travel outside Russia, as well as certificates for temporary asylum in Russia in the form of an electronic document.

January 5, 2013