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Russia – New criminal liability for fraudulent migration registration

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ALRUD, a confident Russian leader in labour and employment law.

A law amending the Russian Criminal Code in relation to the fraudulent migration registration of foreign citizens and stateless persons came into force on 23 November 2018.

The law treats the following as fraudulent migration registration:

  • providing knowingly false information or documents;
  • registering at a place of residence with no intention by the migrant of living there and no intention by the host of hosting them;
  • registration at the place of work, when the migrant does not actually work there.


Fraudulent migration registration may involve criminal liability. The penalties include fines of up to RUB 500,000 (approximately  EUR 6,559) or up to three years’ salary; community service for up to three years, along with suspension of the right to hold certain positions or perform certain activities for up to three years; or imprisonment for up to three years, with a similar suspension of rights for up to three years.