Back in USSR? Russian MPs propose to introduce exit visas for fellow citizens

The State Duma deputies are discussing the possibility of introducing exit visas for the citizens of the Russian Federation, Vadim Solovyov, Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, said.

Such measure may be taken for safety reasons, Solovyov stated.

It is of high importance to put out the complete information on the security status of the countries Russians choose as a holiday destination, radio station Govorit Moskva (Moscow Speaking) quotes the top official.

According to the State Duma representative, the parliament in now considering a number of ways to implement this idea, including the introduction of exit visas.

“At the moment there are many proposals to introduce exit visas. The Foreign Ministry staff and security officers will explain to the citizen what they risk. In case a citizen gets the official information and sign for being warned but insists on visiting [foreign counries], they should be given the opportunity to go,” Vadim Solovyov commented on the initiative.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that no restriction would be imposed on international tourism. The Russian authorities carry out security audits in foreign airports, he added.

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