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YEREVAN. – In the first eleven months of the current year, a total of 321 Armenian citizens, who cannot travel to Russia due to the law on entry ban to the country, applied to the Armenian State Migration Agency (SMA), with a request that the latter petition to the Russian side to lift this ban on these Armenian citizens; but solely 39 of these petitions were approved.

The number of such applications to the SMA has reduced on a yearly basis.

Over the past three years, a total of 13,249 Armenian citizens applied to the SMA to petition to Russia so that it lift this ban on them, but the Russian side approved only 5,142 of these petitions.

According to Russian sources, about 50 to 60 thousand Armenian citizens cannot return to Russia due to the aforesaid law.

And consistent with March 2016 data, a total of 30 thousand Armenian citizens are banned from entering Russia.

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