Petition against the "law on the introduction of serfdom"

19 February 2013 


Source: HRO.org (info
A petition was started on 18 February 2013 on the campaign site Propiska.net against the "Law on serfdom", as it is known on the internet. The initiators of the campaign are urging people to get involved. It is clear that a law like this will essentially bring back the Soviet residence permit and will affect tens of millions of Russian citizens.

The petition is quickly gaining momentum. Each signature must be confirmed by clicking on a link which will send an email to the specified address. Certain web hosts may direct such emails to the spam folder. 

As reported by Novaya Gazeta , last Friday the State Duma passed for first reading the bill which aims to tackle what deputies have dubbed "elastic apartments" where dozens of illegal migrants are allegedly registered.

At present, the law introduced to the parliament by the president would establish criminal liability for obtaining fake registration and fines from two thousand rubles for living without registration and from five thousand rubles for non-registration of a tenant.

It is clear that a law like this would essentially bring back the Soviet residence permit and will affect tens of millions of Russian citizens.

The law has been harshly criticised by human rights defenders, and during its first reading in the State Duma, the only deputy to voice opposition to it – Dmitry Gudkov from A Just Russia – called it unconstitutional. He said the reason for the phenomenon of "elastic apartments" was corruption in the police and Federal Migration Service.
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