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MOSCOW, July 11 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Federation Council has drafted a law that will prohibit foreign nationals from working at large-scale international events in Russia, Izvestia newspaper reported on Thursday.
Sergei Lisovsky, a member of the upper house from the Kurgan Region, believes only Russian nationals should be allowed to work at large competitions. The only exception should be for foreign performers and directors.
Lisovsky told Izvestia that the idea came to him when he read in the documents of the International Olympic Committee that a Greek promotion company and its staff will be entrusted with organizing part of the Sochi Winter Games.
Lisovsky said he fears the situation with the foreign entities will be same during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The bill limiting the use of foreign workers during large-scale international events in Russia aims to amend Article 13 of Federal Law No. 115 on the legal status of foreign nationals, which regulates the terms of employing foreign workers in Russia. The bill will also amend Federal Law No. 310 on organizing and holding the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2014.
Lisovsky said the State Duma Committee on Labor and Social Policy supports his proposal.
However, the Games' Organizing Committee does not consider the employment of Russians to be an issue.
"In accordance with the development policy of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Russian companies have priority in obtaining contracts. As a result, over 85 percent of the Organizing Committee's contractors are Russian nationals and legal entities," the Organizing Committee’s press service said.
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The British experience can be instructive for Russia. London retains its British Commonwealth if it wants to use this as a foundation for integration in the future. That’s a valuable lesson for Russian experts who are calling for an end to “ineffective” associations like the CIS, the Russian World and others.