MOSCOW, January 9 (Itar-Tass) — President Putin has submitted a bill to the State Duma on Wednesday which bans fictitious registration of visitors. The text of the bill is available on the website of the State Duma.
The bill is accompanied by an explanatory note which says that offices are annually registered in Russia to register hundreds of thousands of citizens as residents, who, in fact, do not intend to settle in the place where they are registered, while their actual place of residence remains unknown.
In 2011 more than 6, 400 addresses were officially reported where almost 300,000 visitors were registered as living there. Therefore, the registration authorities cannot provide authentic information about an actual place of residence of such citizens to taxation, judicial or other bodies of power, and the migration authorities have no information about the whereabouts of foreign citizens and people without citizenship registered in such "inflatable" apartments.
The bill suggested by the president envisages that the registration of Russian citizens in places where they are staying temporarily or permanently should have a notification character which is to confirm the fact of a citizen's arrival or departure to and from the specified place.
The bill envisages that the registration of a citizen is considered fictitious if this citizen is registered on the basis of false data or documents or without the landlord's intention to let his place to that citizen to live there.
A citizen is to be registered no later than 90 days after the citizen settles in a new place.
The bill envisages that fictitious registration of foreign citizens or citizens without citizenship carries a fine worth from 100 to 500,000 roubles or a prison term up to three years.
The Code on Administrative Violations envisages fines worth 2,000–3,000 roubles for citizens staying in places of residence without passports. In Moscow and St.Petersburg such fines will total 3,000–5,000 roubles.