No Exit For Debtors
Federal Bailiff Service (FSSP) is expediting procedures for prohibiting debtors from exiting Russia.
A representative of the FSSP explained that this procedure will be significantly expedited. Right now a restriction for up to 6 months is mailed by bailiffs to the debtors, to migration service and border police and to the local office of FSSP. Sometimes this process takes up to one month. The same procedure is followed to repeal the restriction after the debt is paid, which may also take up to one month.
The FSSP and other affected services have agreed to allow the bailiff’s resolution to be submitted via the Internet. However, even with this technology, the process is still expected to take up to two weeks.
The restriction is issued against individuals who maliciously refuse to carry out a court ruling and FSSP believes it to be an effective measure. During the first quarter of the 2008, about 8000 people were restricted, and about 500 paid off their debts. The total sum of these debts amounted to 4.6 billion rubles, on average every person paid approximately 130,000 RUR to settle their accounts. Most restrictions were issued in Moscow and the Moscow and Krasnadar regions. Approximately 30% of the debts are unpaid child alimonies. Previous efforts to resolve these debts had not been effective.
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