"Russian interior ministry drafts law mandating loyalty pledge from foreigners

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.30 - 2023 3:08 PM CET

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The Russian Interior Ministry has proposed a new draft law that would require foreigners visiting Russia to adhere to an "agreement of loyalty."

As reported by TASS, the state-run news agency, this draft law includes several prohibitions and expectations for foreigners staying in the country.

Key aspects of the proposed law include restrictions on foreigners from hindering the activities of public authorities in Russia or discrediting the Russian government's foreign and domestic policies.

Additionally, it seeks to prohibit actions that deny traditional family values or distort the Soviet Union's role in defeating fascism.

Foreigners would also be expected not to show disrespect for the diverse regional and ethnocultural lifestyles in Russia, as well as the country's traditional spiritual and moral values.

Valentina Kazakova, head of the Interior Ministry’s migration department, mentioned that the draft proposal for an agreement of loyalty is under discussion and will soon be presented to the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament. However, she did not specify a timeline for this.

It remains unclear whether the proposal will require foreigners to sign a physical agreement form upon entering Russia. A similar proposal was made by the Interior Ministry in 2021 but it did not progress to the State Duma, as per Kommersant, a business daily.

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