Russia should have stricter registration rules for internal migrants and introduce criminal responsibility for violation of migration laws, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.
Putin wrote an article on modern problems of multiethnic Russia for the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily. The article is the presidential candidate’s second publication as part of his election program.
Noting the internal migration in Russia has been actively underway in recent years, the premier said migrants should respect the customs and traditions of regions they come to live in, and that any aggressive or disrespectful behavior should be properly addressed by authorities.
He said “registration regulations, as well as sanctions for their violations should be toughened” but that the constitutional rights of citizens to choose the place to live inside the country should not be infringed.
The premier proposed making exams in Russian, history and the basics of Russian law mandatory for immigrants from 2013.
That, he said, will help them to adapt in society.
Russian parliamentary speaker Sergei Naryshkin said legislation would probably be passed to put Putin’s proposals into force.
“We will definitely consider the proposals given by the premier in his article, and will decide which of them need to be introduced as laws,” Naryshkin said.
Putin served two terms as Russia’s president between 2000 and 2008, but was barred from standing for a third consecutive term by the constitution. He became prime minister after his handpicked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, became president.