Insane Russian Law #725493612

One of my employees is a pleasant, reliable, and sober young man in his 20s, who works for us as a minibus driver.  Finding a pleasant, reliable, and sober young man to work as a driver in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is akin to finding a pleasant, reliable, and sober builder in West Wales.

Unfortunately, it looks as though we’re going to have to get rid of him.  His driving license expires next month, and in order to renew it he needs a permanent local address, where he is registered with the Russian authorities.  In any normal country, a permanent address means anywhere which you are living, including a place you are legitimately renting.  But in Russia, you can only get registration at an address if you own the property, or you were born into that address, i.e. your parents owned it.  Our driver is from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and was registered at his parents’ apartment for most of his life, but they sold the place and moved away, leaving him renting a place here.  When they sold the place, they lost their registration at that address, and the new owners were entitled to register themselves there instead.  My driver then found himself without a registered address in his home town, or indeed anywhere else.

In Russia, those who do not have a registered address are classed as homeless, or bums.  In short, a tramp.  That this chap has a job, a place to eat, and a bed to sleep in matters not to the Russian authorities: if he is not regsitered somewhere, he is homeless.

And if you are homeless, you cannot renew your driving license.  And if he doesn’t have a driving license, he cannot work for me as a driver, and he loses his job.  Insanity.


10 thoughts on “Insane Russian Law #725493612

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  2. Can he not register at his parents new address?

    Yes, he could. But he would need to conduct all his affairs from that address, which is probably a plane journey away.

  3. He can pay for a temporary resident registration and obtain he’s drivers licence in Sakhalin. Registration cost approx 5000 rubbles per year. Draw request to and people will reply.

    Mike & Olga

  4. Hey Olga!

    How’s Perth treating you? Has Mike told you any submarine stories yet? 😉 Hope all is going well, sorry we missed your party last week, but Yulia and I weren’t feeling very well. I’m sure we’ll see you back here at some point though. By the way, I bumped into Masha on the train back from Nogliki, she was coming back from Chayvo and I was coming back from OPF. At first I thought it was you, and was wondering why you were in Nogliki and not in Perth. 🙂

    Anyway, I think our driver has temporary registration, but the police are saying they cannot issue a driving license to a place of temporary registration, only a permanent address. As with most things in this town, the problem will probably be overcome by paying somebody something to remove the beaureacratic obstacles.

  5. Hi, Tim!

    So cool! I am good! did some bar crawl tonight…:) Never seen so many aussies in one place..) hahaha they are so tall!!! a giant crowd!!!

    Perth is very nice place…lots of space…to much! You definitely need a vehicle here to survive!

    Well, as for your fellow money will be the best solution for him – just to find a write person to give to…:)

    Catch up later surely.


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  7. Crazy Russian laws and rules. Maybe someday they’ll wise up… Probably not in my lifetime though.


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