A new Duma law bans hostels in residential spaces. Is this the end for affordable tourism in Russia?

  1. What happened?
  2. Does this mean hostels will be banned in Russia?
  3. Will Russians be able to turn apartments into nonresidential spaces and open hostels that way?
  4. Why did the Duma decide to ban hostels? Have people living near hostels complained about them?
  5. Has the ban received widespread approval?
  6. Will Russians who rent out their apartments also face legal trouble?
  7. Did Russian hostels face any pushback before this law was introduced?
  8. When the new ban is approved, will all the hostels in the country be closed down?