Pentagon employee fined $95 for visa violation in St. Petersburg

A court in the Petrodvortsovy District of Russia's northern capital has imposed a fine on a civilian staff member of the United States Department of Defense, who was charged with violating Russian immigration regulations.

A court in the Petrodvortsovy District of Russia's northern capital has imposed a fine on a civilian staff member of the United States Department of Defense, who was charged with violating Russian immigration regulations.

"The court decided on a 5,000 ruble ($95) fine without administrative expulsion from Russia. By now, the hosting party, an individual whom the U.S. citizen has come to visit, has met all necessary conditions for his registration with the migration authorities. However, the hosting party was fined 2,000 rubles as well," a spokesperson for the Federal Migration Service (FMS) office in the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region told Interfax.

The foreign national's violation was qualified under Article 18.8 part three of the Russian Code of Administrative Offenses, which imposes liability for failure to comply with the immigration rules in Russian cities of federal significance, the source said.

It was reported that local FMS officials had found that a U.S. citizen, Michael Christopher Dobroski, failed to register with the immigration authorities within a statutory period of time upon arrival in Russia, i.e. within seven days. This fact was detected and an administrative protocol drafted with respect to the American.

The authorities said that the U.S. citizen's violation had nothing to do with his work. "He breached a rule that applies equally to all foreigners. Sanctions for this violation involve a fine of up to 5,000 rubles ($95) with or without an administrative expulsion," the regional FMS official said.

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