YEREVAN (ARKA)—Some 170,000 Armenian citizens living in Russia face the risk of being deported, Svetlana Stepanova, a representative of the Russian embassy in Armenia, said Friday at a news conference.
These are Armenian citizens, she said, who traveled to Russia, but have remained in the country past the expiration of their visiting permits.
Stepanova said that these individuals are in the Russian migration service’s database, and once they’ve crossed the border, they will be incapable of entering Russia again.
Stepanova also said that those who committed two or more offences, like violating traffic laws, are prohibited from entering Russia again for at least three years, and citizens who are deported cannot travel to Russia for five years.
Under revised Russian laws, which came into effect on Jan. 1, citizens of some former Soviet republics, including Armenia, have the right to remain in the Russian Federation without registration for 90 days within every 180-day period.