Vladimir Putin introduced limited visa system for the Ukrainians
Since January 1, 2014 Russia introduces amendments to the law «On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation», earlier signed by Vladimir Putin. The new law means that Ukrainians cannot stay in Russia for more than 90 days without a visa. Persons found violating the law would be banned for entry for three years.
«The period of temporary stay in the Russian Federation may not exceed a total of 90 days for every consecutive 180 days, except in cases provided for by Federal law, as well as in cases where such period is extended in accordance with this Federal Law,» reads the revised version of the law.
Such changes have been adopted due to a loophole in the previous version of the law, whereas labor migrants worked in Russia for 90 days, subsequently leaving the country for a day and returning, thus only formally leaving the host state. According to Konstantin Romodanovskii, head of the Federal Migration Service of Russia, more than 11 million migrant workers used this legal loophole.
There are about 1.5 million Ukrainians in Russia, only 146,000 of them work or study legally.