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    Eased visa regulations for highly qualified foreign specialists came into force in Russia on Tuesday.

    Eased visa regulations for highly qualified foreign specialists came into force in Russia on Tuesday.

    The Russian government began easing its complicated visa system for foreign specialists last year in a bid to steer Russia's economy away from an unhealthy dependence on oil and gas and boost the innovation sector.

    Foreign specialists (those who earn more than 2 million rubles [$68,000] a year) are already entitled to three-year visas for themselves, their spouses and children. Now their parents, grandparents and grandchildren will also be granted visas.

    The government has also broadened its definition of a highly qualified specialist to include foreigners working in the education sector who earn 1 million rubles ($34,000) a year, and anyone working at the Skolkovo hi-tech research hub under construction outside Moscow.

    MOSCOW, February 15 (RIA Novosti)

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