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Businesses Protest Russian Medical Tests for Expat Workers, Kids

  • New law forces intrusive medical exams on foreigners, families
  • Foreign-trade associations lobby government to ease measures
A HIV and syphilis test set. 

A HIV and syphilis test set. 

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Russia’s leading foreign trade associations denounced a new law requiring an elaborate set of regular medical examinations for sexually-transmitted diseases and drug use for all foreigners who work in the country, including their family members as young as seven years old. 

“It has been a long time since a single piece of legislation has caused such a huge wave of incomprehension, disappointment, and indignation among thousands of foreign managers,” said Matthias Schepp, Chairman of the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce. “There is a danger that Russia will lose its attractiveness as a place to work for many foreign managers.”