Putin signs US-Russia visa pact

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July 30, 2012, 7:50 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin
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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the ratification of an agreement with the United States that substantially eases the visa regime for both countries' citizens.

The agreement allows Russians and Americans to get three-year multi-entry visas under which they can stay for up to six consecutive months. It also eliminates Russia's requirement that visitors get a letter of invitation, although tourists will still need to show advance accommodation bookings.

Easing the laborious and limiting visa system is expected to boost business contacts between the countries and improve tourism, particularly of Americans coming to Russia.

Although Putin's signing was announced Monday, the new measures will not go into effect until after both countries exchange notes certifying that preparations for the changes have been completed.

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 30, 2012, 8:11 p.m.    

Good result for the benefit of two great nations! I want amerikanski chewing gam!

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kpxoxol July 30, 2012, 8:38 p.m.    

Thats very difficult to find - the US outsourced everything and the only thing that is produced in the US are old farts and steam coming from their powerless and broke administration :D

Here is what you CA NOT find in the US - a US-made US flags, US-made chewing gum. LOL :D

Russia is too generous to allow broke yankz to pollute Russia but the Russia is the most generous country in the World anyways.

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kpxoxol July 31, 2012, 11:26 a.m.    

Forget to add DUCT TAPE - when the US government tell the idiot yankz to protect themselves from chemical attack by taping the windows with duct tape, the China factories had to work overtime to supply the scared US morons, HA HA HA :D

The US retards in power should rather tell their stupid masses to wrap themselves in duct tape to cover all air intake and the idiots will do it, heh, heh, heh :D

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Джефф July 31, 2012, 3:21 a.m.    

If only Russia was so generous to the 500,000 orphans that need homes. Maybe to show how affluent you are... you could help some kids out.. we only have 100,000 in our foster care, they get medical, college.. not bad for a broke country

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kpxoxol July 31, 2012, 11:07 a.m.    

Considering that in the brain depraved violent USA shithole over 6 MILLION children are molested and every year and 5 children die from abuse every day and 80% of the abused children are under age of four, your retarded comment is full of jealousy about rich and powerful Russia, heh, heh, heh :D.

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Dirk July 31, 2012, 3:22 a.m.    

Good news for Russia to advance into the 21st Century. I would recommend taking the train into Russia rather than the antique Soviet-era Aeroflot fleet. Fly to Kyiv and then train to Russia. Lokomotiv forever!!

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kpxoxol July 31, 2012, 11:12 a.m.    

Russia should learn from the US police state how to put in jail more political opponents - no wonder the US which got 5% of the World population holds 25% of the World prisoners - 2.5 MILLION of them. China comes distant second with 1.6 MILLION. And just to prove itself as ultimate police state the incarceration rate in the US plutocracy is whooping 6 TIMES the world average. LOL :D

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 31, 2012, 1:19 p.m.    

When was the last time you flew to Russia? 1980s? Nowadays, Aeroflot has one of the most advanced technologies and a modern fleet of aircraft.

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