Russian Debtors Banned from Leaving Country

6 December 2016 (13:21)

UrBC, Moscow, December 6, 2016. A draft bill that will speed up the lifting of the ban on leaving their home country for those who paid off their debts will probably be complemented by amendments that will also raise the upper debt limit that makes it illegal for the debtor to travel abroad, Vedomosti reports.

The bill was drafted by the Justice Ministry and proposed to the State Duma in October; the lower chamber public construction and legislation committee intends to get the paper ready for the first hearing by December 8.

People with 10,000 RUR or more worth of unpaid debts are now not allowed to leave Russia until their debt has been paid. Duma deputies suggest the limit be raised by a few times; besides, it takes a long time for the information about debt redemption to reach the court officers, a problem which needs to be addressed directly by the government. Under the proposed bill, the debt payoff data should be fed into the state-run federal and local payments system.

Debtors can be identified by their travel documents and plane and train tickets; the Federal Court Officers’ Service intends to get access to passengers’ and crews’ personal data in order to find people who fail to pay their fines and child support money or to make loan repayments. The Service’s request is now being considered by the Justice and the Transport Ministries.

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