Putin signs legal changes making it easier to hire foreign IT specialists, journalists

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed changes to the federal law, "On the legal status of foreign nationals in the Russian Federation," passed by the State Duma on June 11, 2014, and approved by the Federation Council on June 18, the Kremlin press office said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed changes to the federal law, "On the legal status of foreign nationals in the Russian Federation," passed by the State Duma on June 11, 2014, and approved by the Federation Council on June 18, the Kremlin press office said.

The new law makes it easier for Russian companies to employ highly-skilled specialists in IT technologies, as well as journalists for certain media outlets.

In the new law, the Russian government set out an easier procedure for employing such specialists.

The possible minimum wage envisaged for such specialists has been reduced from the current 2 million rubles per year to one million.

Furthermore, foreign journalists will not be required to prove their knowledge of the Russian language, history and laws when applying for a work permit. This provision extends to anyone employed by media organizations set up specifically for mass information distribution in foreign languages.

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