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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian bailiffs have recovered millions of rubles in debt from delinquent borrowers by barring them from traveling abroad until they pay up.
Government bailiffs said they had signed orders for 82,000 foreign travel bans and recovered almost 800 million roubles (17 million pounds) from debtors -- some of whom only found out when they arrived at the border with their bags packed.
Russia has long been forced to use unusual measures to reclaim debts as its legal system often favours poorer borrowers over their lenders, said Richard Hainsworth, director of RusRating, a credit agency in Moscow.
Russian authorities have posted the names of people with unpaid bills on billboards in recent years to shame them into paying.