Ex-president of U.S. Chamber of Commerce on way to Nizhny Novgorod airport to be expelled from Russia

The Nizhny Novgorod regional office of the Federal Bailiffs Service received a court ruling on Friday morning, regarding the expulsion of a former president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, Scott Blacklin, for his violation of the immigration laws.

The Nizhny Novgorod regional office of the Federal Bailiffs Service received a court ruling on Friday morning, regarding the expulsion of a former president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, Scott Blacklin, for his violation of the immigration laws.

"We have received the ruling by Sormovo District Court of Nizhny Novgorod with the stamp 'on entry into legal force.' The enforcement procedure has been initiated," sources in the regional office told Interfax.

On June5 the bailiffs will collect the foreigner from the regional office's temporary detention facility for foreign nationals, and deliver him to a border checkpoint at Nizhny Novgorod Airport, the source said.

Blacklin was planning to attend a ComTec innovation conference held by Lobachevsky State University in Nizhny Novgorod. However, on May 20, he was arrested by federal migration officers before arriving at the university. Further checks revealed that the foreigner had entered Russia on a multi-entry visa with a business purpose to attend a workshop as a lecturer at one of Nizhny Novgorod universities. Migration officers accused the foreigner of the inconsistency between the stated purpose of entry to Russia and the actual one.

Blacklin is expected to be expelled from Russia via a border checkpoint at Nizhny Novgorod Airport. He will be flown to Helsinki on Friday night.

In May 2014 Blacklin was fined 2,000 rubles (about $38) on the same charge. By Russian law, a repeat offense entails an expulsion from Russia.

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