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Even before the Ukraine standoff, foreign companies in Russia say they were alarmed by the number of executives being deported for minor infractions.Lawmakers meanwhile are preparing legislation that would allow Russian authorities to seize assets of Western companies in case of sanctions. Russian Deputy Economy Minister Sergei Belyakov, who's in charge of luring foreign investment, said that he was working with the migration service to resolve the visa difficulties. It took Deloitte's lawyers six weeks to get O'Toole's visa reinstated.The EU announced a three-stage sanctions process against Russia last week, starting with the suspension of trade and visa-liberalization talks.Stage three envisages "additional and far-reaching consequences" if Russia further destabilizes Ukraine.Russia has been selective in applying its visa rules to foreigners in the past.
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