Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
by David Stepanyan
Russian frontier-guards at the Upper Lars border crossing asked the Armenian migrants crowding on the Russian-Georgian border 'to wait until 26 April'
Following the amendments into the migration legislation of the Russian Federation which came into effect on 1 Jan 2014, the citizens of Armenia are permitted to stay in Russia for 90 days out of 180. As a result, several dozens of Armenian labor migrants, mainly from the town of Vardenis, cannot arrive in Russia. In line with the new legislations, the frontier guards cannot allow them cross the border before 26 April.
It is noteworthy that one can pay $1000 for a labor permit in Russia not to leave Russia every three months. Similar rules apply to all the citizens of the former Soviet Union, except the Customs Union countries. Secretary of the National Security Council of Armenia Arthur Baghdasaryan has already applied to his Russian counterpart Nikolay Patrushev for softening of migration rules for Armenia.