A ban onforeigners selling goods in Russia's hugely popular retail markets has comeinto force, leaving many markets struggling to remain open.
Stallswere almost deserted at the vast market in Ussuriysk, near
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Criticswarned that the government order could push up prices, hurting the poorestamong the population.
SergeiSimakov, a district councillor from Ussuriysk, said: "We had hoped goodsense would prevail.... This could disrupt the economy and bring manyproblems".
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In othercases foreigners remained in behind-the-scenes roles but had hired locals totrade on their behalf.
The governmentorder announced last November and effective from April 1 bans foreigners fromconducting transactions at market stalls, although they are still allowed toown such stalls.
The ban waspresented by Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, as a way of improvingemployment prospects for Russian citizens.
Up to 12million foreigners are thought to work illegally in
A spokesmanfor the federal migration service, Konstantin Poltoranin, promised thatenforcement would be carried out in an orderly fashion.
"Thisdoesn't mean that from April 1 we will start large-scale raids and specialoperations. We view this date calmly and will check compliance with migrationlegislation... as we did before," Poltoranin was quoted by Interfax newsagency as saying.
But SergeiDarkin, the governor of the Far Eastern
"Weshould do all we can to ensure reasonable prices for imported goods that meetthe demands of our province's consumers. This demand can't be met just bynative producers," Darkin said.
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