For certain categories of foreigners, the procedure of obtaining Russian citizenship can be simplified

The draft law proposes that the President of the Russian Federation be given the authority to define categories of foreign citizens who have the right to acquire Russian citizenship under the simplified procedure for humanitarian purposes. It was approved at the first reading by the State Duma

The document was introduced in the State Duma by the Government of the Russian Federation. In case of final approval, it will enter into force three months after its official publication.

As Chairman of the State Duma Viacheslav Volodin Volodin Vyacheslav Victorovich Volodin
Vyacheslav Victorovich
The Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the eighth convocation. Elected in single mandate constituency № 163 (Saratov constituency - Saratov Oblast)
emphasized, “the amendments to the law “On Citizenship of the Russian Federation”, considered today by the State Duma at the first reading, give President Vladimir Putin the possibility to take additional measures to support citizens of other states, who are in a trouble.

This problem has become particularly acute in Ukraine, where our fellow countrymen have become hostages of the political adventurism of the Kiev authorities and the civil war,” he stated.

“It is important that the decision on the simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship will be taken personally by the head of state, guided by the humanitarian goals and principles of humanism,” said Viacheslav Volodin.

According to him the bill “is aimed at implementing the Message of the President of the Russian Federation to the Federal Assembly, where Vladimir Putin said that measures that will seriously improve the procedure for granting Russian citizenship for those who want to contribute and work for the good of our country are needed.” 

Another novel of the bill is a simplification of the admission to the citizenship of the Russian Federation of the participants of the state program aimed at assisting fellow countrymen living abroad in their voluntary resettlement to Russia.

If they have already received a temporary or permanent residence permit in Russia, then it is proposed to give them the right to apply for citizenship in a simplified manner in the region chosen for residence.

According to the authors of the initiative, this ”will allow stimulating the compatriots living abroad to move to the Russian Federation, as well as to contribute to a more effective protection of their rights.“

In turn, Sergei Gavrilov Gavrilov Sergey Anatolievich Gavrilov
Sergey Anatolievich
, Chairman of the relevant Committee on Issues of Public Associations and Religious Organizations, stated that the migration legislation of the Russian Federation as a whole requires modernization “taking into account the current situation in a number of neighboring countries.”

The parliamentarian proposed to consider the possibility of abolishing the unreasonable demand for the birth of Russian speakers or their relatives exclusively on the territory of the USSR, that is part of the territory of modern Russia, and also to decide on the possibility of urgent entry of compatriots to Russia in case of political persecution at their place of residence.

Sergei Gavrilov also took the initiative to abolish the duty of compatriots who entered Russia in connection with the persecution in the country of residence, including based on linguistic and religious principle, to leave Russia after 90 days with the possibility of re-entry only after another 90 days, since for such citizens ”it is simply dangerous or there is no place to go, for example, a resident of Donbass.“