Thanks for your question.
Very unhelpfully there is no fixed amount that the UKBA advise is the sufficient level.
What funds do they have available and if their private resident to make a sponsorship declaration to submit with the application.
That sum of money should be sufficient for their purposes provided they can show with documentary evidence that the stay is not intended to be longer than 28 days. They would demonstrate this by submitting evidence of their continuing obligation back in Russia, something like a letter from their employer stating that they are still employed and expected back in employment following their visit. Another example would be a tenancy agreement on which they are named and continues after their visit.
A sponsorship declaration by you would help hugely. This is a document that you swear in front of a solicitor and is usually prepared by a solicitor. It would describe who you are, who the visitor is, the length and nature of the visit, that you have accommodation at which he shall stay free of charge and that you declare that you will cover the costs of any unforeseen expenses during their period of stay.
The declaration should then be sent to the applicant who should refer to it in their application and submit it with their supporting documents (eg. bank statements, evidence of return flight etc).
The declaration should cost around £50+Vat for a solicitor to draft and swear. With this and those level of funds in their account verified by bank statements they should be successful in their application.
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