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Do not talk about LGBT people and wash cars: British tourists were warned about strange laws in Russia

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From the beginning of March, a large-scale conflict continues between Russia and Great Britain: the parties argue about the poisoning of the former spy GRU Sergey Skripal and expel each other’s diplomats.

Against this backdrop, the British media and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warned tourists going to the World Cup-2018, about unusual Russian laws and general “hostility” because of a foreign policy scandal.

Express: British tourists should make sure they know local customs and rules before visiting Russia

Two months before the World Cup, the British Express newspaper spoke of “unusual” laws in Russia, which could cause tourists to get a fine or administrative arrest. The publication compiled advice on the basis of recommendations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • ” Always carry a passport with you, because you can not take a photocopy, and police officers have the right to fine for lack of documents .” It’s true: foreign tourists during the World Cup can enter Russia without a visa, but they must have documents and a fan’s passport with them, otherwise they can fine or even deport. And even Russian citizens, lawyers advise tocertify photocopies from a notary so that there are no questions.
  • ” Be careful to photograph the sights, they can be strategic objects .” This is not quite true: for example, in 2010 FSO allowed tourists to take photos and videos on Red Square, the Kremlin, the Alexander Garden and other surrounding areas. To objects of strategic importance, many attractions and public buildings do not belong . But there are details concerning railway stations, bridges and protected buildings.
  • “You can not use flying drones without permission . ” This is not so, because according to the rules of compulsory registration of unmanned aircraft, only Russian devices should be registered. Near the Kremlin there are signs about the banning of drones, but this is an exception.
  • “Do not support people with non-traditional sexual relations . ” This is not so, because the ban on the propaganda of homosexuality, prescribed in the Code of Administrative Offenses, concerns only actions against children. However, complaints based on this ban can really touch anyone.
  • “Do not sell lingerie with lace . ” This is so, since July 1, 2014 in Russia and the countries of the Customs Union it is forbidden to produce and sell lingerie from lace. Minpromtorg tried to appeal this ban, but so far it has not turned out.
  • ” Always wash your car and in particular the license plate .” This is so, according to the rules of the traffic police numbers must be read from a distance of 20 meters, otherwise there may be a fine of 500 rubles.

Forin office: travelers should remain vigilant

Back in March, the British edition of The Independent published a warning from the Foreign Ministry for tourists who are traveling to Russia. They were asked to remember about possible persecutions for nationality and general “anti-British sentiments”.

It is recommended to be vigilant, to avoid protests and demonstrations, and not to comment publicly on political events.

Foreign Office
recommendation for British in Russia

Also, the agency recalled that Islamic and insurgent groups of terrorists “are inclined to make attacks in Russia” and, as an example, led the attack on April 3 in the metro of St. Petersburg.

BBC: in Britain itself there are no less strange laws

Russian tourists should also be more careful when visiting the UK, because there are no less unusual laws. In 2016, the BBC made a list of bans that could surprise visitors and lead to a fine. True, these are not federal laws, but rules concerning individual cities and regions.

  • in the county of Northamptonshire, the owner of the dog faces a fine if he does not have a separate package for her excrement;
  • it is impossible to import potatoes from Poland without permission, and the ban has been in force since 2004;
  • in the city of Beverly it is forbidden to dry laundered clothes on the street, because it can distract from the architecture.
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