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16 June 2012, 08:08 am
Russian Waterways Access Simplified In Russian Federations Centenary Year
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Russian Yacht Racing Union

The Russian Yachting Federation (RYF) continue to celebrate their centenary year and are pleased to inform that starting from May 25, 2012 the Russian Federation has significantly simplified access to country's inland waterways for sport sailing boats and pleasance boats registered abroad.
The Russian Government has adopted a series of new regulations that make possible for foreign yachtsmen to visit Russian inland waterways without preliminary authorization of the authorities. Boats allowed to enter Russian inland waterways according to the new simplified procedure should have no more that 18 people on board including no more that 12 passengers and should be used for non-commercial purposes.

The newly adopted procedure dramatically differs from previous soviet time rules which required up to 6 months to obtain a permission to get to Russian internal waterways. Now for those interested to discover Russian rivers and lakes it is only required to have a valid Russian visa, a copy of documents certifying ownership, technical conditions, type and purpose of the boat and several other documents.

The governmental decision is a milestone to integration of the Russian key inland waterways to the network of European and Asian waterways. Among inland waterways accessible for foreign boats are the Volga, the White Sea - Baltic Canal, lake Onega, the Neva, the Don, the Curonian Bay and many others.

The legal basis for this decision:
• Federal Law # 203-FZ dated July 11, 2011 "On amendments of the Code of Inland Waterways Transport of the Russian Federation";
• Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation # 472 dated May 12, 2012 "On Approval of the Rules of Sailing on Inland Waterways of the Russian Federation for sport sailing boats and pleasance boats under flags of foreign states";
• Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation #734-r dated May 5, 2012 approving a list of entry ports and inland waterways open for sport sailing boats and pleasance boats under flags of foreign states.

The RYF is sure that this revolutionary decision will result in increase of sailing tourism in Russia, encourage friendship and sportive ties between Russian and foreign yachting community. The RYF is ready to provide you with all additional information and details.

Contact the RYF.

Georgy Shayduko - RYF
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