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Vremya Novostei, July 30, 2002

YABLOKO Defends Compatriots

Constitutional Court to Consider the New Law "On Citizenship"

By Irina Belasheva

Deputies from the YABLOKO faction plan to request that the Constitutional Court check whether some provisions of the law "On Citizenship" that recently came into force correspond with the fundamental law of the country. As Deputy Head of the YABLOKO party Sergei Mitrokhin told a correspondent of the Vremya Novostei newspaper, the YABLOKO faction of the State Duma will initiate this appeal to the Constitutional Court in September. However, YABLOKO is most concerned about items in the new law which envisage the granting of Russian citizenship to relatives of Russian citizens. During work on the document in the Duma YABLOKO proposed retaining a simplified procedure for the adoption of Russian citizenship by those categories. However, the amendments debated during the first and second readings in the Duma somehow missed the final variant of the text.

Mitrokhin explained: "In particular, our amendment referred to the parents of children residing in the Russian Federation. We think that by coming to live with their children they should be entitled to automatic citizenship. However, the final text of the law introduced a provision for a one year term for the receipt of citizenship."

In addition, when the deputies return from their holidays, YABLOKO plans to introduce another amendment to the law referring to the receipt of Russian citizenship by our compatriots abroad. Mitrokhin added: "This amendment represents the same issue as repatriation laws existing today in many countries, in particular in Germany or Israel. This means that the procedure for the receipt of Russian citizenship by compatriots who with roots or relatives in Russia should be simplified. Only a country hating its compatriots would refuse this norm."  Deputy Mitrokhin who has all the grounds to consider that he is living in such a country noted, "Certainly we don't expect the Duma majority to abrogate the police norm for testing the knowledge of Russian language, but at least patriotism and humanism should come first when we discuss the problem of our compatriots abroad."

See also:
Discussion of the law "On Citizenship in the RF"

Vremya Novostei, July 30, 2002

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