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Russia: Bailiffs Now Have Housebreaking Right

(Mar. 2, 2008) On February 1, 2008, an amended version of the Federal Law on Execution of Judgments of the Russian Federation entered into force. The newly passed amendments allow bailiffs to enter private residences with the purpose of property evaluation, even if the residents are absent. A written order issued by the chief of the local bailiff service and the presence of two independent witnesses are required. Previously, bailiffs were supposed to wait for the person subject to executive proceedings to appear at the premises. The jurisdiction of the bailiff service has been expanded as well and it now includes recovery of child support payments and loan debts, formerly under the jurisdiction of the regular police, and the review of real estate registration. The new Law allows the bailiffs to confiscate property on the spot or restrict a person's right to movement and travel abroad. (Bailiffs Have the Right to Break into Apartments, NEWSRU.COM INFORMATION AGENCY, Jan. 30, 2008.)