Whether there exists a "Postal Communication Service Regulations, Section 53" pertaining to "objects prohibited to be sent abroad" which came into effect on 1 January 1995 and, if so, whether it is enforced throughout Russia and whether original identity documents come under its provisions (January 1995 - November 1998) [RUS30377.E]

No references to a "Postal Communication Service Regulations, Section 53" in Russia could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Sources Consulted

Electronic sources: IRB databases, Internet, NEXIS/LEXIS, REFWORLD, WNC.

Transitions [Prague]. January 1995 - October 1998.

Uncaptive Minds [Washington]. Winter 1996 - Fall 1997.

Two oral sources contacted did not provide information on the requested topic.

Unsuccessful attempts to contact other oral sources.