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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Foreigner Registration Demanded

Mayor Yury Luzhkov called Tuesday for the obligatory registration of foreigners at their place of residence.

Luzhkov said the measure was necessary to ensure that foreign residents in the city pay their fair share for utilities and other services.

"An immigrant living in an apartment building generates garbage, which we collect; he uses water and other services, which must be paid for," the mayor said.

Luzhkov said the city government would prepare a corresponding amendment to the new federal migration law that came into effect last month and submit it to the State Duma.

The current law allows foreigners to register either at their place of work or at their residence, said Zalina Filimonova, chief spokeswoman for the Federal Migration Service's Moscow office.

The city government on Tuesday also discussed ways to reduce the 2007 budget deficit and to streamline the city's policy on eminent domain.

The 2007 budget, approved last November, foresees revenues of 740 billion rubles ($28 billion) against expenditures of 829 billion rubles, leaving a deficit of 88.7 billion rubles (just under $3.4 billion).

The city plans to put revenue from the sale of its shares in various companies toward reducing the deficit.