The Russian Federation adopted a law on the accelerated procedure for renunciation of citizenship of Ukraine

March 14, 2023

On Tuesday, March 14, deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation at a plenary session adopted a law on the creation of a legal mechanism, according to which it is proposed to consider Ukrainian citizenship terminated from the date of filing an application for withdrawal from it to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.

This law will ensure the admission of former citizens of Ukraine to the replacement of state, municipal and other positions, as well as regulate other issues in the solution of which the citizenship of Ukraine acts as a limiting factor.

According to the occupants in an explanatory note, the number of citizens of the Russian Federation who simultaneously have citizenship of Ukraine has increased significantly due to the admission to Russia, the DPR, LPR, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions. The presence of Ukrainian citizenship hinders, in particular, such citizens from exercising their rights to employment in state and municipal bodies, filling state and municipal positions, and professional activities in certain sectors of the economy.

“According to the document, in order to renounce the citizenship of Ukraine, it will be enough to submit a corresponding application to the Russian internal affairs bodies. This can be done electronically on the State Services portal, the law says.

Moreover, the amendments adopted in the second and third readings grant the right to a parent or adoptive parent to file an application for withdrawal from Ukrainian citizenship for a child under 14 years of age. For children left without parental care, including orphans, an application is submitted by a guardian or an authorized representative of the organization in which the child resides.