Putin Deports Executives for Speeding as Sanctions LoomPosted: March 14, 2014
Jason Corcoran and Henry Meyer report: Even before the Ukraine standoff, foreign companies in Russia say they were alarmed by the number of executives being deported for minor infractions. Now with the West preparing sanctions, they’re bracing for more.
“Individuals have been stopped on the border for having two speeding tickets and told their visa is no longer any good.”
— Alexis Rodzianko, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Moscow
Almost 1,000 people from countries outside the former Soviet Union have had their work visas revoked for committing two or more “administrative violations” since the end of last year, when the migration service and traffic police linked their databases, according to immigration authorities. Such offenses can be as minor as a parking ticket, smoking in prohibited areas or even jaywalking…Bloomberg