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Possible mitigation of the law on dual citizenship concealment

09.06.2014

The State Duma and the Federation Council leave open the possibility of changes in the initiative for which a fine will be imposed up to 200 thousand rubles and 400 hours of compulsory work for some who purposely conceal the existence of foreign citizenship. The essence of changes is deemed as a protection for those who are not aware of the existence of dual citizenship, they will not be liable.

According to Vladimir Pligin, the head of the Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation and Nation-building, the issue is about people "who have become citizens of the Russian Federation and did not use documents of other states."

These people "did not have a duty and did not use the rights of foreign citizens, so they did not know that they were citizens of foreign states." Thus, they "did not take themselves as citizens of other states".

Pligin’s reaction is associated with criticizing the law by human rights activists claiming that the initiative can lead to prosecution and even deprivation of Russian citizenship of thousands of Russians that once had foreign citizenship (for example, compatriots from the former Soviet Union and other countries or people in the Crimea).

Rejection of foreign nationality does not mean its termination by foreign country, that’s why many Russians can be among the offenders not even knowing they have foreign citizenship.

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