President Poroshenko proposes Crimeans be deprived of Ukrainian citizenship

Summary

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko intends to deprive of Ukrainian citizenship all those who live in Crimea and were forced to take Russian passports because of Russia’s annexation of the peninsula.

Disproof

President Poroshenko has put forth amendments to the existing citizenship law to be considered by parliament.  The changes the President proposes will not deprive Crimeans of Ukrainian citizenship as Russian media claim, but rather will guarantee those citizenship rights.

Currently Ukraine’s citizenship law states that a person loses Ukrainian citizenship when he or she voluntarily takes on another citizenship. Poroshenko proposes that the law be amended to reflect cases when people take other citizenship unwillingly. The explanatory note Poroshenko submitted with the amendment proposal to parliament establishes “additional grounds for the loss of citizenship” but provides safeguards for those who live in the occupied territories of Ukraine”. Willing collaboration with Russian occupying authorities, participation in elections or serving in the army of another state though are grounds for loss of citizenship.

The pro-Kremlin outlets completely ignore the fact that the proposed amendments safeguard Ukrainian citizenship in cases where new citizenship is taken under coercion as is the case in illegally annexed Crimea.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 105
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/04/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Crimea
  • Outlet: RT (Russia Today)
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