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Russia: New legislation as to the Disclosure of Dual Citizenship

22 October 2014

Many changes have been brought by the new legislation that has been signed on 1st of June 2014 and entered into force on 1st of August 2014 as to the acquirement of Dual Citizenship in Russia. The new legislation requires Russian citizens who acquire another nationality to notify their local migration office within 60 days of receiving dual citizenship. Failure to report the dual citizenship will constitute a criminal offence which is punishable by a fine of up to 200,000 rubles ($5,500) or up to 400 hours of community service. At the moment, it appears that holders of foreign passports and expats are confused as to how they should report and if they have to report their residency, while facing problems with regards to the procedure of reporting due to the volume of applications filed with the Federal Migration Service.

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