170,000 Armenians in Russia at Risk of Deportation

The Russian Embassy in Yerevan

YEREVAN (ARKA)—Some 170,000 Armenian citizens living in Russia face the risk of being deported, Svetlana Stepanova, a representative of the Russian embassy in Armenia, said Friday at a news conference.

These are Armenian citizens, she said, who traveled to Russia, but have remained in the country past the expiration of their visiting permits.

Stepanova said that these individuals are in the Russian migration service’s database, and once they’ve crossed the border, they will be incapable of entering Russia again.

Stepanova also said that those who committed two or more offences, like violating traffic laws, are prohibited from entering Russia again for at least three years, and citizens who are deported cannot travel to Russia for five years.

Under revised Russian laws, which came into effect on Jan. 1, citizens of some former Soviet republics, including Armenia, have the right to remain in the Russian Federation without registration for 90 days within every 180-day period.


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  1. Alex Postallian said:

    Get rid of the gangsters,crooks,political self serving clowns,in the old country,so people want to stay,not leave….Build intrastructure,business,mining,for oil…Instead of worrying about the big and little bastard brothers,viz,jerky turkey and azerbaturk..After 700 yrs in Anatolya,they are still cowards,mongols,uncivilized…Don’t look to the west,too many paid stooges,double talkers…

  2. James said:

    What about the other 2.5 million? I think they’re free to live, work, prosper and send remittances to boost the Armenian economy.

    • Armenian said:

      People should have the right to live freely, work and prosper in their OWN country before you can demand that another country treat your citizens that way. Prosperity and remittances don’t go hand-in-hand. Armenia will never be prosperous when 80% of your countrymen are not even living within its borders and using their potential, smarts, resources, and skills for another nation’s advancement.

  3. Armenian said:

    God bless Mother Russia, and the Russo-Armenian relationship from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

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