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326 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     318 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities

PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

11.05.2018

Information on foreign citizens’ migration regulations and registration at the place of sojourn during the 2018 FIFA World Cup™

Foreign citizens and stateless persons, arriving to the Russian Federation as the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ spectators, can enter the Russian Federation between 4 June and 15 July 2018 (in the period which starts 10 days before the first World Cup match date and ends on the date of the last World Cup match) and exit the Russian Federation between 4 June and 25 July 2018 (in the period which starts 10 days before the first World Cup match date and ends 10 days after the last World Cup match date) without visas, using identity documents recognised as such by the Russian Federation and a FAN ID (personalised spectator card) either in the paper (laminated) or electronic form.

The FAN ID entitles a foreign spectator to enter, sojourn in and exit the Russian Federation during the period specified above.

The FAN ID is a personalised spectator card, which is part of football fans’ identification system. It is issued in respect of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ spectators in order to guarantee their comfortable and secure stay at the stadiums in the Russian Federation where World Cup matches will be held. Each spectator, who has purchased tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ matches, must obtain this card.

The FAN ID is a personalised laminated card, which is issued free of charge and once for each spectator.

A migration card is handed out to each spectator upon entering the Russian Federation. It is to be retained during the whole period of stay in the Russian Federation.

In case of damage or loss of the migration card a foreign citizen must apply to the migration subdivision of the territorial office of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia (hereinafter referred to as the migration registration body) at the place of his/her sojourn in order to obtain a duplicate.

Foreign citizens visiting the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ venues in the cities of Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saint Petersburg, Saransk and Sochi between 25 May and 25 July 2018 must undergo registration at the place of sojourn within 72 hours after arrival to each city. If a foreign citizen intends to sojourn in a city less than 72 hours, he/she may not undergo registration at the place of sojourn, except in cases when he/she stays at a hotel.

Foreign citizens taking part in sporting events, including sports competitions’ participants, as well as representatives of the FIFA and FIFA subsidiaries, confederations and national football associations, included in the FIFA lists, shall not be subject to registration at the place of sojourn (According to Article 8 of the Federal Law dated June 7, 2013 No 108-FZ “On preparation and hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in the Russian Federation and amending certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation”).

The Host Party may be represented by citizens of the Russian Federation, foreign citizens and stateless person having permanent residence in the Russian Federation (holders of residence permit), as well as legal persons, their subsidiaries or branch offices where the foreign citizen actually resides (sojourns).

When a foreign citizen settles in a hotel, the Host Party is the hotel's administration.

In order to fill in the Notification of Arrival at the Place of Sojourn (hereinafter referred to as the Notification of Arrival) a foreign citizen presents to the Host Party his/her identification document and the migration card. In case a foreign citizen arrives to a new place of sojourn he/she must also present to the Host Party the detachable part of the Notification of Arrival issued at his/her previous place of sojourn in the Russian Federation.

The Host Party fills in the Notification of Arrival and submits it together with copies of all pages of a foreign citizen’s identification document as well as a copy of the migration card to a migration registration body, which immediately puts down a mark of reception in the Notification of Arrival and returns the detachable part of the Notification of Arrival to the Host Party.

The Host Party then gives to the foreign citizen the detachable part of the Notification of Arrival. The fact that the foreign citizen has the detachable part of the Notification of Arrival with the mark of reception confirms his/her migration registration.

There is no state due for registration at the place of sojourn.

The Host Party’s non-submission of a migration card to a migration registration body can not serve as grounds for a refusal to accept documents necessary for a foreign citizen’s registration at the place of sojourn.

Submission of the Notification of Arrival and necessary documents via the post, through multifunctional centers, the Unified Portal of State Services or by electronic means in the course of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ is not allowed.

A foreign citizen has the right to register his/her arrival at the place of sojourn with a migration registration body him/herself in case there are documented reasonable excuses (illness, physical impossibility, etc.) preventing the Host Party from submitting the Notification of Arrival to a migration registration body.

A foreign citizen permanently residing in the Russian Federation (foreign citizen holding a residence permit) has a right to notify the corresponding migration registration body of his/her arrival at the place of sojourn by him/herself directly with the written consent of the Host Party.

Foreign citizens, who have not undergone registration at the place of sojourn are not subject to responsibility for violation of the migration registration rules, except in cases when the duty to register lies with the said foreign citizen (According to Article 24 of the Federal Law dated July 18, 2006 No.109-FZ "On the Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons Migration Registration in the Russian Federation).

Additional information

Foreign citizens who in the course of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ plan to sojourn and travel in the territory of the Russian Federation exclusively by buses, camper vans, personal transport means, small vessels, etc. are not subject to registration at the place of sojourn.

For the purpose of timely registration of foreign spectators territorial offices of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia will be open on a daily basis, including on weekends and public holidays.




LATEST EVENTS

22.01.2019 - Embassy press officer’s response to a media question concerning possible further EU sanctions against Russia

Question: How would you comment on the news that the EU has adopted further sanctions against Russian nationals allegedly involved in the Salisbury incident, upon British initiative? Answer: Russia’s political assessment of this decision has been made clear in a commentary of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To add to what has already been said, this is yet another example of bloc decision-making based on the ill-conceived “solidarity” rather than facts. The UK Conservative government has so far failed to provide the Russian side, the public or even their EU and NATO allies with any reliable and verifiable information as to what happened in Salisbury last March.


22.01.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the EU decision to add Russian citizens to the sanctions list

On January 21, the EU Foreign Affairs Council approved restrictions against a number of Russian citizens for their alleged involvement in the Salisbury poisoning in March 2018. By so doing, the EU tested a new mechanism against our compatriots of restrictive measures against the proliferation and use of chemical weapons. The new accusations against Russia and Russian citizens under the so-called Skripal case do not stand up to scrutiny. The information campaign was launched by the British government over this case for predominantly domestic political purposes. It is indicative that the renewal of this campaign has coincided with the latest crisis in the Brexit talks.


21.01.2019 - Embassy’s Press Officer reply to a media question regarding a teenager receiving an award for administering first aid to Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury

Question: How would you comment on the media reports suggesting that it was Abigail McCourt, 16, who was the first to help Sergei and Yulia Skripal after they were poisoned? Answer: If this is true, let us express sincere admiration and gratitude to Abigail for having saved the lives of our two compatriots. At the same time, we have to say that these reports, as many others related to the Salisbury case, are unofficial and unverifiable. Moreover, the fact that Abigail was present at the crime scene together with her mother, Alison McCourt, who happens to be a Colonel and the Chief Nursing Officer of the British Army, adds to the numerous extraordinary coincidences characteristic of the Skripals poisoning. Furthermore, one has to wonder why this information, unusual as it is, has only been made public ten months after the incident.


18.01.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question regarding the UK position on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

Question: Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sir Alan Duncan, addressing the Commons Defence Committee, has once again accused Russia of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and of the planned US withdrawal from it. He found it difficult to explain the Russian position, calling it a “mystery”. How could you comment on that? Answer: Indeed, the discussion between the FCO Minister of State in charge of Russia and members of Parliament’s Defence Committee was startling. After repeating a standard set of accusations against Russia widely used by the US to cover its urge to unilaterally withdraw from the INF Treaty, Sir Alan visibly struggled to explain the Russian position, not to mention our well-known concerns with regard to the US compliance. Moreover, in order to understand our motives the Minister, referring to the Beatles, suggested one would need to take “a magical mystery tour”.


17.01.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a news conference on the results of Russian diplomacy

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a news conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2018 Moscow, January 16, 2019


08.01.2019 - Embassy Press Officer comments on the latest media publication on the Salisbury incident

Question: How would you comment on the Daily Telegraph publications alleging that British authorities have established full details of the assassination attempt of Sergei and Yulia Skripal and describing their current life in England? Answer: We are dealing with yet another media leak, unofficial and unverifiable. It provides no new facts on the Salisbury incident, let alone evidence. The circumstances of the incident remain as confusing as ever.


05.01.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question regarding recent statements on Russia by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Question: How would you comment on Jeremy Hunt’s speech in Singapore, in which he named Russia’s actions on the international arena as the prime example of a threat to the rules-based international system? Answer: Such rhetoric of British officials is not new. It again combines manipulation of international norms with distortion of facts. As stated repeatedly, Russia does not accept the concept of a “rules-based international system”. The international order is based on international law, i.e. legally binding norms that have been agreed on and accepted by all states. By substituting “international law” with obscure “rules”, the UK and other Western countries aim to shed the responsibility for their unlawful behaviour, while assuming the right to randomly blame other countries of breaking “rules” to which they had never signed up.


04.01.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question regarding recent statements by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Syria

Question: How could you comment on the statements by the UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in a “Sky News” interview on President Assad’s future and the role of Russia in the Syrian peace settlement? Answer: We have taken note of Mr Hunt saying that “regretfully” Bashar al-Assad “is going to be around for a while and that is because of the support that he’s had from Russia” and “Russia may think that it’s gained a sphere of influence [but] you’ve also gained a responsibility”.


31.12.2018 - Interview with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov for the show, Moscow. Kremlin. Putin, Moscow, December 30, 2018

Question: What is the main outcome of the year for you? Sergey Lavrov: It is difficult to highlight something specific. If we speak about foreign policy, I cannot make an evaluation myself. We have tried to do everything that is necessary in order to fulfill the instructions of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, to implement the foreign political course set by him. It is not for me to judge how successful we were. This should be left to the people to decide, of course, and to the leadership of the Russian Federation.


28.12.2018 - Embassy Press Officer replies to a media question regarding the situation with the staffing of the Russian and British diplomatic missions

Question: Could you comment on the statement by Ambassador Yakovenko regarding the forthcoming restoration of the number of Russian and British diplomats, which was subsequently denied by the UK Foreign Office? Answer: We saw the rebuttal by the British side. Here are the facts. In December Russia and the UK have, for the first time since March, issued a number of visas for future employees of the diplomatic missions of the two countries, on the basis of reciprocity.



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