• Former Soviet citizens were offered to give open-ended exemptions for a passport of the Russian Federation

  • Participants of the parliamentary hearings in the state Duma of the policy in respect of compatriots advocated the indefinite extension of the provisions of the law authorizing the to issue Russian passports to former Soviet citizens in a simplified manner. About it reports RIA Novosti Monday, March 20.

    "The state Duma and the government of the Russian Federation to study the issue of indefinite extension of Chapter VIII.1 of the Federal law "On citizenship of the Russian Federation" granting the right to citizenship of the Russian Federation two categories of persons", — stated in the draft recommendations.

    It is the former citizens of the USSR who arrived in Russia before November 1, 2002 and do not have citizenship or residence permit in other countries, as well as their children. Besides, it concerns who arrived in Russia before July 2002, former Soviet citizens who have seized the passport or found it to be invalid.

    The hearing was also discussed on the need of the declarative nature of citizenship for compatriots on the programme of assistance to resettle in Russia, and Russian speakers, if they have the documents of renunciation of citizenship of another country.

    10 Mar Duma Committee for nationalities approved the draft law simplifying the acquisition of Russian passports to Russian speakers. Its author was the first Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the lower house of Parliament on CIS Affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots Konstantin Zatulin ("United Russia"). The document suggests that Russian native speakers will be considered citizens born in the territory of the former Russian Empire or the Soviet Union, as well as those "who have relatives in the direct ascending line who were born in Russia." The bill also deals with the abolition of the requirement to provide the document on exit from citizenship of a foreign state.

    In early December, 2016, the state Duma adopted the law that allows issuing Russian citizenship to former Soviet citizens in a simplified manner for another three years — until 2020.


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