I have used all the information presented to determine if the Immigration Rules have been met. In reaching my decision, which has been made on the balance of probabilities, I note the following points:
I acknowledge the importance of maintaining family contact and have considered the compassionate aspects of your application. However it is the intentions of the applicant that are paramount in considering any application and I am not satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that you meet the requirements of Paragraph 41 of the Immigration Rules.
The onus is on an applicant to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the UK Immigration Rules. The UK Border Agency Website and British Embassy Moscow provide information to visa applicants about the types of documents that they should produce so that they can demonstrate to an Entry Clearance Officer that they meet the rules. We advise applicants that the failure to submit such documentation may result in refusal of their application. This decision has been made on the basis of the information and evidence that you have provided with this application. While I am aware that you have previously travelled to the UK, your last visa was issued over a year ago in January 2011 and each application is decided on its own merits.
You have stated that the costs of your visit would be met by yourself. As evidence of funds available to pay for your trip you have presented a letter of employment which states your monthly income. This in itself is not satisfactory evidence that funds can be made available from your resources to pay for your trip. In the absence of such evidence, for example in the form of your bank statements showing your financial commitments, it is unclear what funds are genuinely available exclusively to you to fund your trip. Furthermore, the letter from your employer does not confirm your continued employment with them, that you have been granted leave or that your position will be held open to you for the duration of your visit.
You have provided no details of any family ties, savings, property or other assets in Russia. As a consequence I am unable to assess your circumstances in Russia which impact upon your incentive and intention to leave the United Kingdom at the end of your proposed visit. Nor can I be satisfied, from the evidence provided that there would be sufficient funds available to maintain and accommodate you in the United Kingdom without you working or without recourse to public funds. Given all the above I am not satisfied as to your intentions for visiting the UK or that you will leave at the end of the period specified by you as required under paragraph 41 (i) and (ii) of the Immigration Rules or that that you will be able to maintain and accommodate yourself in the UK without recourse to public funds or taking employment, or that you can meet the cost of your onward journey or return journey from the UK as required by paragraphs 41 (vi) and (vii) of the United Kingdom Immigration Rules.
I have therefore refused your application because I am not satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that you meet all of the requirements of the relevant Paragraph of the United Kingdom Immigration Rules.