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Russia unhappy with tough visa rules

posted Jan 29, 2011, 4:47 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jan 29, 2011, 6:12 PM ]
'Not all visitors are illegal immigrants,' consul argues
By Jennifer Campbell, Ottawa Citizen January 26, 2011
Canada and Russia have a different philosophy about mobility of people. That's the only conclusion the Russian consul can make after dealing with Canada's increasingly difficult visa regime.

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