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Deadline Set for Disclosing Dual Citizenship

Published: August 8, 2014 (Issue # 1823)



  • Russian dual citizens that miss the deadline may be able to get away with a fine of 500-1,000 rubles ($15-30), but are strongly encouraged to register before a criminal case is launched.
    Photo: Vedomosti

Russia could gain as many as 10 million new outlaws by Oct. 5, once the deadline has passed for dual citizens to declare their status as such to the Federal Migration Service.

President Vladimir Putin signed a law in June requiring Russians with foreign passports to report their second citizenship to the government.

Foreign residency permits must also be reported, ministry official Valentina Kazakova said at a press conference in Moscow on Thursday, where the Oct. 4 deadline was announced.

Failure to register will constitute a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to 200,000 rubles ($5,500) or up to 400 hours of community service.

Russians who live outside the country will not be required to report their status by the Oct. 4 deadline, Kazakova said. In any case, reporting can only be done at the migration service's office. Embassies and consulates are not authorized to handle the job.

But those with multiple passport or foreign residency permits will have to report themselves within 60 days of their first visit to Russia, Kazakova said.

The rule applies even if the holder of two passports pops over to the fatherland for a brief visit — say, the New Year's celebrations, she said.

Russian dual citizens that blow the deadline may be able to get away with a fine of 500-1,000 rubles ($15-30), but are strongly encouraged to register before a criminal case is launched.

At present, it remains unclear how a citizen who misses the deadline due to living abroad will be required to prove that he or she was, indeed, out of the country.

Migration officials and the migration watchdog's press service also failed to immediately clarify whether people who have previously declared their second citizenship status — e.g. in passport applications — would be required to redeclare.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBA’s and Capital Legal Service’s event “Arctic Expedition” this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers’ ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



Wednesday, Dec. 24


The Anglican Church of St. Petersburg we will be holding a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. led by Rev Wm. Shepley Curtis of the Episcopal Church. The service will be held at the Swedish Church at 1/3 Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.



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