Foreigners living in Russia to be forced to have tests under new laws

Foreigners living in Russia including journalists will be forced to undergo tests for sexually transmitted diseases or drug use and submit fingerprints under new laws

  • New Russian laws will see foreigners tested for sexually transmitted infections and drug
  • Vladimir Putin signed off on the rules, which will also see people fingerprinted
  • Foreigners can enter without tests but must undergo procedures within 30 일
  • Foreigners working or living in 러시아 will need to undergo routine testing for sexually transmitted infections and drugs under new laws.

    Overseas workers, those planning on staying in Russia more than 90 일, and their families will also be fingerprinted under rules signed into law by 블라디미르 푸틴.

    Fingerprint requirements came into force Wednesday while medical exams will be required from March 1 next year. Doctors will test for HIV and Aids, tuberculosis, leprosy and syphilis, as well as the ‘presence or absenceof psychoactive drugs.

    Foreigners will be allowed into the country without completing the checks, but must undergo the procedures within the first 30 days at the Sakharovo migration centre 50 miles outside of Moscow.

    Children under the age of six, Belarusians and some diplomatic officials will be exempt from the rules.

    It is believed that foreign journalists working in Russia will also be subjected to the testing, 그러나 DW.com reports the Russian Foreign Ministry said that it would seek ‘favourable conditionsfor reporters.

    블라디미르 푸틴 (pictured yesterday) signed off on the new rules earlier this year on July 1, saying they would take effect after 180 일

    블라디미르 푸틴 (pictured yesterday) signed off on the new rules earlier this year on July 1, saying they would take effect after 180 일

    According to drafts of the law, medical certificates will only be valid for 90 일, with new tests required after the certificate expires. Tests must take place within 30 days of the certificate expiring.

    Russian’s foreign ministry has denied routine testing will take place, calling this a misinterpretation, but has yet to clarify the wording of the law.

    Checks will also be carried out for Covid, while some people might be required to have blood tests, X-rays or CT scans depending on the results of their tests.

    Those found to be in violation of the laws risk having their work permits revoked, or their right to remain in Russia curtailed.

    Foreigners will be allowed into the country without completing the checks, but must undergo the procedures within the first 30 days at the Sakharovo migration centre (사진) 50 miles outside of Moscow

    Foreigners will be allowed into the country without completing the checks, but must undergo the procedures within the first 30 days at the Sakharovo migration centre (사진) 50 miles outside of Moscow

    Russia says the new laws are necessary to ‘prevent medical threatsand to ‘better track foreign nations in the event of criminal offences’.

    But foreign governments and business groups say the rules will isolate Russia from the rest of the world and make it harder to work there.

    Jason Rebholz, spokesman for the US embassy in Moscow, described the rules as ‘xenophobicearlier this month and called for them to be scrapped.

    Mika Beuster of the German Journalists Association said the health of foreign journalists had nothing to do with the Russian government.

    Putin signed the law on July 1, saying it would take effect within 180 일.

    Russian's foreign ministry has denied routine testing will take place, calling this a misinterpretation, but has yet to clarify the wording of the law. 사진: The main office of Russia Foreign Affairs Ministry

    Russian’s foreign ministry has denied routine testing will take place, calling this a misinterpretation, but has yet to clarify the wording of the law. 사진: The main office of Russia Foreign Affairs Ministry

    The American Chamber of Commerce and the Association of European Businesses have both opposed the new laws.

    The German-Russian Chamber of Commerce warned that there could be consequences for the Russian economy if the new rules are implemented.

    Before the Covid pandemic, Russia imported some 2.5million workers each year – 또는 주변 3% of its 81million-strong workforcefrom overseas.

    Most of those workers came from poorer central Asian states, including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

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