Support The Moscow Times!

Duma Passes Language Bill

The State Duma on Friday gave its final approval for a bill to impose Russian-language tests on would-be migrant workers, the Duma said on its website.

The bill, aimed at reducing social tensions, applies to migrants from all of the Commonwealth of Independent States countries besides Turkmenistan as well as foreigners from some other developing nations and Israel, who are allowed to enter Russia without a visa. The bill is set to take effect Dec. 1 but first needs Federation Council approval and President Vladimir Putin's signature.

(MT)

Related articles:

Read more

We need your help now more than ever.

Independent media outlets and journalists in Russia are being increasingly targeted with “foreign agent” and “undesirable” labels, threatening the existence of the free press day by day.

Your donation to The Moscow Times directly supports the last independent English-language news source within Russia.