Russia finalizes dual citizenship bill

Russia finalizes dual citizenship bill

Russian lawmakers expect to vote on legislation that would allow dual Russian citizenship for foreigners as soon as this month.

The dual citizenship bill "will definitely be introduced in the State Duma in February," lawmaker Leonid Kalashnikov told the Kommersant business daily.

The Russian government’s press service said it was finalizing the draft law and will submit it after approval by the Kremlin.

Foreign citizens could also be exempt from the five-year continuous residence requirement in order to become a naturalized Russian citizen, Kalashnikov added.

Under current Russian law, foreigners wishing to become Russian citizens must first renounce their other citizenships. 

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