Russia to raise taxes for Russians who left the country

25 December 2022, 04:34 PM
Queue at the border of Russia and Georgia, Verkhniy Lars (Photo:t.me/VerhniyLars)

Queue at the border of Russia and Georgia, Verkhniy Lars (Photo:t.me/VerhniyLars)

The Russian Federation wants to raise the tax rate for citizens who left the country after the start of its full-scale war against Ukraine, Vyacheslav Volodin, a spokesperson for the Russian parliament, wrote on Telegram on Dec. 25.

MPs are already preparing amendments to that effect, he said.

According to him, in the Russian Federation “the majority” of society does not support those who fled and believes that “they betrayed their country, family and friends.”

“Until today, those who left not only work remotely in Russian companies, but also use all the benefits that that gives them in accordance with the legislation of our country,” he said.

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“It is correct to cancel preferences for those who left the Russian Federation and introduce an increased tax rate for them.”

Forbes reported on Oct. 4 that nearly 700,000 people left Russia, just two weeks after dictator Vladimir Putin announced a “partial” mobilization on Sept. 21. The Kremlin has denied this accounting, though cities around the world have reported receiving an influx of Russian citizens.

Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said in mid-December that Russia may announce a full general mobilization to continue their full-scale invasion.

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