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Russia bans almost 11,000 Kyrgyz citizens from re-entering the country


BISHKEK -- Russia banned at least 10,719 Kyrgyz citizens last year from re-entry into the country for three years, Almazbek Asanbayev, deputy chairman of the Kyrgyz State Migration Service, told journalists Monday (May 7), reported.

The move was mainly in response to Kyrgyz citizens not completing migration registration in a timely fashion, said Asanbayev, adding that there are 72,000 Kyrgyz citizens on Russia's blacklist today.

"There are many published guides, resources and various companies that can help resolve the issue legally," Asanbayev said.

Meanwhile, thousands of Russians are seeking asylum as President Vladimir Putin returns to the Kremlin to serve his fourth presidential term, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported May 2.

The United States received 2,664 new applications for asylum seekers in 2017, a 39% jump compared to the previous year.

The number of first-time applications by Russians last year is more than double that of 2012, when Putin was elected to a third presidential term after serving four years as prime minister.

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