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12,000 Russian Debtors Banned From Travel

MOSCOW, Aug. 22 (UPI) — More than 12,000 Muscovites have been barred from international travel this year because of their debts, Russian officials say.

Federal Court Marshals Service said Friday more than 3,700 Moscow residents had to cut their summer travel plans because of debt owed to the state, The Moscow Times reported.

By law, Russian citizens who have debt of $170 or more are banned from traveling abroad. The ban has allowed court marshals to collect $12 million in debts, the report said.

People may be unaware of their debts to the state, as bills are sent to registered residences, which are often not where people actually live.

In attempts to bill some debtors, court marshals recently combed the parking lot of at an air show near the capital, searching for license plates of debtors — similar to what happened during 2009 campaign at an air show where marshals collected $410,292 from debtors in three days, the newspaper said.

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