The YABLOKO faction insists on removing the draft law "On
Citizenship in the RF" from the third reading in the Duma
on April 19, 2002 in view of considerable deviations from the
text adopted by the State Duma in the second reading.
In particular, the draft of April 9, 2002 does not contain the
amendment to Article 14 of the draft law introduced by the YABLOKO
deputies Sergei Popov, Igor Artemyev and Mikhail Emelyanov, which
was subject to separate voting and was supported by the representative
of the President in the Duma Alexander Kotenkov and adopted by
the Chamber (396 voted for, 0 votes against, O votes abstained).
The amendment enabled a disabled parent, whose child has Russian
citizenship, to obtain the Russian citizenship in a simplified
order, irrespective of the term of residence in the RF and other
The removal of the unanimously adopted amendment from the text
of Article 14, under the pretext that this issue is regulated
by Article 13, led to a significant violation of citizens' rights.
Article 14 "Adoption of Russian Citizenship in a Simplified
Order" envisages conditions wheren the term of residence
in the RF is not taken into consideration when obtaining Russian
citizenship. Article 13 " Adoption of Russian Citizenship
in a General Order" envisages a general procedure for obtaining
Russian citizenship. For example, pension-age parents of Russian
citizens should have a year of permanent residence in the Russian
In addition the text of Article 13 does not correspond to the
amendment of deputies V. Grebennikov, N. Bulayaev and Z.B agishayev
which was also adopted by the State Duma in the second reading.
The amendment granted the right to anyone - both able-bodied and
disabled - if they had able-bodied children with Russian citizenship
- to obtain Russian citizenship with a reduced term of residence
in the RF. The draft prepared for the third reading envisages
Under Article 124 of the Regulations of the State Duma only the
removal of inner discrepancies of draft laws, the establishment
of the correct order for the articles and editing are permitted
after the second reading. Consequently the aforementioned changes
refer to the contents of the draft and not editing. They restrain
considerably the rights of some categories of individuals to obtain
Russian citizenship. The YABLOKO faction insists on drafting the
law "On Citizenship in the Russian Federation" in accordance
with the text adopted by the chamber in the second reading.
Head of the Faction
G. A. Yavlinsky
Information Agency. April 19, 2002.
Grigory Yavlinsky insists on removing the draft law on citizenship
in the RF from the third reading in the Duma and drafting it in
accordance with the text adopted in the second reading