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HOW WILL FOREIGNERS' LAW AFFECT RELIGIOUS WORKERS?
KESTON INSTITUTE, OXFORD, UK, 12/9/2002
Russia - More than a month after the new law on the legal status of foreigners came into force in Russia, it remains unclear how it will affect foreigners working in the country at the invitation of religious organisations.
The law, which entered force on 1 November, prescribes a procedure for an organisation to receive permission to attract skilled labour and to receive permission for foreign citizens to work in the Russian Federation. "The law regulates relations that previously were not subject to regulation," Vladimir Ryakhovsky, co-director of the
Moscow-based Slavic Centre for Law and Justice, told Keston. "But in the law religious activity is put on the same level as working activity, and that is incorrect." In Ryakhovsky's view, "a special procedure must be established, defining the manner in which a religious organisation should invite foreign citizens". Fr Igor Kovalevsky, secretary of the Russian Catholic bishops' conference, told Keston there is now "complete confusion".
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