COVID-19: Diplomats in US begin raising funds for Russians who are unable to return home

Govt approves procedure of help to Russians stranded abroad

Russian diplomats in the United States have begun raising funds for citizens of the Russian Federation who have been unable to return to their home country, the Russian Embassy in the US reported.

"Our employees have begun raising funds in the diplomatic mission to support citizens in a difficult situation in the United States. The funds will be used to pay for hotel accommodation and purchase basic necessities for the most needy compatriots," the embassy said in a Twitter post.

About 250 Russians were expected to return from New York to Moscow on April 3. According to Russia’s coronavirus crisis center, international flights used to evacuate Russian citizens from other countries were suspended on April 4.

Meanwhile, Russia’s government has approved the procedure of assistance to the compatriots who cannot return back to the country at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the resolution posted on the government site on Saturday. Tass reported

"The attached regulations on social support (assistance) to the Russian citizens staying on the territory of a foreign country and unable to return to the Russian Federation amidst the spread of the novel coronavirus shall be approved," the document says.

The resolution says that the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media was assigned to create and control an online application form on the portal of public services for people in need and to daily inform the Foreign and Interior Ministries that are to verify the information and take decisions about the assistance. The Foreign Ministry is instructed to forward the lists of the Russian citizens who have received aid to the Federal Tax Service and to the Federal Security Service.

The resolution was said to be effective immediately.

As of Saturday April 4th, a total of 4,731 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 333 patients having recovered from the virus. Moscow handles the bulk of the cases (3,357). The country’s latest data indicates 43 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.

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