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Lebed Announces New Visa Rules for Foreigners


Moscow, July 2 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Boris Yeltsin's new national security adviser, Alexander Lebed, says Moscow will introduce stricter visa requirements for foreigners.

Lebed told a news conference in Moscow today that the requirements would not amount to what he called a "new Iron Curtain." But he said the measures would be designed to protect Russia's interests.

Lebed did not provide details of the new rules or say when they would come into effect.

Lebed also apologized for criticizing the Mormon church, but he reiterated his opposition to foreign religions on Russian soil. Last week, Lebed said he would ban certain religious sects, including the Mormon Church, claiming they are a threat to Russia's security. U.S. officials expressed concern about his remarks.

Lebed also told the news conference he needs extra powers to solve the country's security problems.
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